Opera North has launched a bid to raise more than £5 million to deliver a major expansion project at its home in Leeds.
The opera company recently received planning permission for an £18 million capital project that will enable it to stage more public performances, in addition to building an education centre and a new restaurant and bar.
It has raised £12.7 million so far, which includes a philanthropic donation of £11 million from Opera North president Keith Howard, who founded academic publishing company Emerald, and £750,000 from Leeds City Council.
The company has set a target of raising the remaining £5.3 million through a campaign, Music Works, which is seeking donations from trusts and foundations, and the business community, as well as support from members of the public.
Money will go towards the delivery of the construction and into a fund helping Opera North expand its music and education activity.
Richard Mantle, Opera North’s general director, said: “Music Works is about creating a building to make and experience music, but it’s also about creating thrilling, powerful performances and the opportunities for participation that will bring the new spaces to life for many years to come.
“We still have a significant target of £5.3 million to raise, but we are confident we can be successful with the backing of our many supporters and stakeholders, ensuring we turn this plan into reality and make music work for everyone in Leeds.”
Construction is due to begin in 2019.