Royal Opera House Songs for Ukraine on tour in Bradford
The Royal Opera House is delighted to begin a bold new creative partnership with the city of Bradford, starting this December with a Christmas concert featuring more than 130 singers from our Songs for Ukraine Chorus.
The Royal Opera House Songs for Ukraine project was set up in 2022 in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a creative exchange with the Royal Opera Chorus to support and stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian community. The Chorus, which is made up of Ukrainian singers impacted by the war – including those who fled in 2021 – last performed with the Royal Opera Chorus in March 2023, to an invited audience of London’s Ukrainian community.
Now the Songs for Ukraine Chorus are heading to Bradford, performing to an audience which will include members of Bradford’s significant Ukrainian population, alongside local Ukrainian choirs and a chorus of primary school children. The Christmas Concert will be held at 3 pm on Sunday 10 December in Bradford Cathedral, and will be a day to celebrate the resilience of the Ukrainian community in the UK and around the world, recognise the power of music to bring people together, and revel in the holiday spirit. The performance will feature Christmas carols, traditional Ukrainian songs, local singers, as well as the Bradford Cathedral’s children’s choir, Grace Notes.
Bradford was recently announced as City of Culture for 2025, which will see it host a huge programme of work, performances and workshops throughout the year to engage with, celebrate and emphasise culture in the community across the region. As part of this, the Royal Opera House is excited to unveil a bold new suite of work in Bradford, working in collaboration with a range of partners across the region including Bradford City of Culture 2025, Bradford City Council, Bradford Theatres, Kala Sangam, the West Yorkshire Schools Games Organisers and Born in Bradford, to inspire creativity among young people and communities through a range of events, performances and activities over the next three years. Bradford will be the fifth centre across the UK to join Chance to Dance, our innovative talent development programme, opening new opportunities to the city’s young aspiring dancers.