Opera North Orchestra Academy

24 – 29 August 2020

The Opera North Orchestra Academy is an immersive orchestral training programme for outstanding young musicians age 14–19 Grade 7+ in school years 10–13 from across the North of England and beyond.

Summer Residency

The Opera North Orchestra Academy summer residential course provides a world-class orchestral training experience with the Orchestra of Opera North in an inspirational and supportive environment. While meeting like-minded young musicians you will take your performance skills to the next level and be a part of thrilling orchestral performances.

Rehearsing and performing exciting orchestral repertoire, Academy musicians will benefit from:

  • Side-by-side rehearsal with the full Orchestra of Opera North
  • Sectional coaching with players from the Orchestra of Opera North designed to develop excellence in ensemble skills and orchestral performance
  • In-depth insight into working with a professional orchestra and conductor
  • Additional opportunities to play and rehearse chamber music throughout the week

Further Opportunities

In addition to the summer residential course, you will have the opportunity to take part in residential ‘keeping in touch’ weekends and collaborative projects as part of the Opera North Youth Company.

The Opera North Orchestra Academy is designed to complement your existing local youth orchestra membership.

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£550 (Residential) | Limited bursaries available
  • Opera North, Leeds

How to apply
Entry is through live audition (video applications may be accepted in some circumstances)
Applications will be opening late 2019.
Auditions will be held in late April 2020.

Any questions?
Please get in with touch with Orchestral Activity Manager Emma Barnett at emma.barnett@operanorth.co.uk or on 0113 223 3626.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
Outstanding young musicians aged 14–19 in school years 10–13 from across the north of England and beyond who play an orchestral instrument to Grade 7+ level:

  • Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Woodwind: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon
  • Brass: horn, trumpet, trombone
  • Percussion

We encourage applications from secondary school students and anyone aged 19 and below.

What can I expect on audition day?
Auditions can be nerve-wracking, so we aim to make ours fun and informal, helping you to perform at your best and get the most out of the audition experience.

Led by players from the Orchestra of Opera North (they’re a friendly bunch!) your audition will be in two parts:

  • An informal workshop; playing pre-prepared orchestral excerpts and learning about working together as part of an orchestral section
  • An individual audition with the same players from the Orchestra of Opera North

Everyone will benefit from feedback in the morning workshop on orchestral excerpts and receive insights on playing as part of an orchestra section. We believe everyone should have the chance to develop their practice and performance skills, and have a positive audition experience, whatever the outcome.

Are there bursaries available?
We want to ensure that costs do not create a barrier to taking part and are able to offer bursary places to successful applicants from families in challenging circumstances. Please indicate on your application form if you would like to be considered for a bursary place.

Residential information

All members of the Academy will receive full board and accommodation at a nearby halls of residence. Social events and pastoral care will be organised by a team of dedicated staff members. Our pastoral staff are highly experienced in working with young people, and are committed to enjoyment and wellbeing during the course.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Opera North Orchestra Academy or the audition process, please get in with touch with our Orchestral Activity Manager Emma Barnett at emma.barnett@operanorth.co.uk or on 0113 223 3626

Recent projects

August 2018 saw the inaugural Opera North Orchestra Academy taking place at Leeds College of Music, led by conductor Lee Reynolds culminating in a final performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) and Copland’s Appalachian Spring at The Venue, Leeds College of Music. Throughout the week our young musicians worked intensively with musicians from the Orchestra of Opera North in sectionals, chamber music sessions and a side-by-side rehearsal. View photos below.

“I’ve enjoyed playing next to the orchestra most. It’s really useful to watch and learn from them. You pick up all kinds of tips and techniques, including how to move when you’re playing.”

Hear from 2018 participants Keith and Hannah…

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