A £3 million Arts Council grant has been awarded to a West Yorkshire opera company. The Leeds-based Opera North has said it will use the money to attract more funding from Arts Council England and private donors. The company hopes that the value of the funding will triple in three years.
Opera North’s general director, Richard Mantle, said that the Catalyst Endowment Fund award was a strong endorsement of the company. The regional director of Arts Council England, Cluny Macpherson, said that Opera North had a great track record of raising funds from a variety of different sources.
Altogether thirty-four arts and heritage organisations in England have been awarded Catalyst Endowment Funds to a total of £56 million. And it is hoped that these recipients will attract another £106 million in funding from corporate and private donors. An independent panel, led by Michael Portillo, assessed all the applications for the awards.
Mr. Mantle also said that the funding will enable the company to carry on with its commitment to the new children’s chorus of ninety children. It will also help the company with supporting the national tour of the critically acclaimed ‘The Ring Cycle’.