Arts diary

By Yvette HuddlestonHitting the high notes: Great news this week from Opera North who have announced that they will be helping even more of the country's aspiring opera singers achieve their dream thanks to a three-year funding package from the Leverhulme Trust.

The grant enables the company to offer scholarships to talented postgraduate students at the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio. The first group will join the company this month for a week’s residency culminating in a special Words and Mozart performance on December 10 at the Howard Assembly Room. During the evening the students will perform extracts from some of Mozart’s best-loved operatic works including The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni. Tickets, £5, are available from

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Wearable Tech: Students from production arts courses at Bradford College will be unveiling prototypes of wearable technology at the next National Media Museum Lates event on December 8 (6.30-9.30pm, free). Additional highlights include an acrobatic performance by headline act The Travelling Light Circus whose dancers will present a Glow Show in the museum’s main foyer, researchers from the University of Manchester will be testing videogames that can be controlled by the mind and the event will also see the return – by popular demand – of the silent disco.

A Christmas Carol: Some of us haven’t even started thinking about this Christmas yet, but Hull Truck are well ahead of the game. Tickets for their Christmas production 2017 go on sale today. The new adaptation of the classic Dickens Christmas ghost story by Deborah McAndrew presented by Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 will be set in Hull and will run from December 1, 2017 to January 6, 2018. There will be a Pay What You Can night on Friday December 1, offering an opportunity for those who might otherwise not be able to afford to attend, or who might be experiencing theatre for the first time. Tickets start at £1.

Northern Writers Awards: Writers from across the North of England are invited to submit their work in progress to the Northern Writers’ Awards 2017, which are now open for entry until February 2, 2017. Running since 2000, the awards are produced by New Writing North with support from Northumbria Universityh and Arts Council England. They exist to recognise talent and support new work towards publication or broadcast and have a reputation for idenitfying some of the best unpublished writing in the UK. Recent winners include two Yorkshire writers – novelist Benjamin Myers and poet Andrew McMillan. There are awards for writers at different stages of their careers including mentoring, developmental support and cash awards to buy time to write. For more information and to enter online visit