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Internships, Volunteering and Work Experience

Fantastic opportunities to be part of Opera North, the national opera company for the North of England based in Leeds…

Opera North strives to be an Equal Opportunities employer.

Internships and Volunteering

EVENT HOST (voluntary)

The Howard Assembly Room at Opera North is recruiting further volunteers to join its established team of Event Hosts. This is an exciting opportunity to become involved in the Howard Assembly Room’s programme of events, which includes gigs, classical music recitals, film screenings, talks, workshops, and visual arts installations. Duties are varied and include welcoming guests, assisting the general public and selling merchandise. Benefits include working within a professional arts environment and seeing performances for free. Excellent interpersonal skills and flexible working hours are required.

Shifts are mainly evening and weekends. Applicants should be prepared to commit to at least three shifts before Christmas 2015.

Deadline for applications is Friday 14 August

Induction briefings to be held in Leeds throughout September and October scheduled around the availability of successful applicants.

Start date: September 2015

Salary: Unpaid – voluntary position

To apply, please complete and return the application form to: Opera North, Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU or email

To discuss the position further please contact our Howard Assembly Rooms Volunteer Coordinator on 0113 243 9999.

Please note that recruitment will be based on application form and a first come first serve basis.

​Related documents:

​EVENT HOST (voluntary) Application Pack


Opera North Education: Volunteer Opportunities

Opera North is looking for volunteers to assist with the Opera North Youth Company (ONYC).  The ONYC is a 60-strong group of young people aged 13 – 19. The company visits professional performances, makes new work and develops performance skills with professional artists.

Volunteers on this project will work alongside the project manager and artists to support various rehearsals and performances. Volunteers will attend sessions, taking an active role in setting up, clearing away and supervising workshops, assisting with trips to professional productions as well as observing and participating in activities as appropriate. 

To apply

To apply please submit an expression of interest outlining any relevant experience and detailing your reasons for application to: by Friday 19th December 2014.

For further information please contact Marc Dunleavy, Education Producer, on 0113 2233557.

Related documents:

Education Volunteer Opportunities Information 

Work Experience

If you are interested in the Arts and want to learn more about an exciting and dynamic opera company, Opera North is a good place to start. We offer six one-week placements every year to people looking to gain an insight into the different roles and activities of the Company, including marketing, education and fundraising. All placements focus on administration experience only, but will give you an opportunity to observe and assist in any key departments.

In addition to the actual work experience, you will be offered:

- An informative presentation about Opera North
- A tour of Leeds Grand Theatre
- A tour of the Opera North Centre
- Subject to timetable, you could have the opportunity to observe Opera North rehearsals and performances.

We are keen to evaluate both your and our performances on placement. We can offer work-based assessments relating to your relevant study and experience. In return we would also like to receive feedback from you, to help us improve and continually develop our work experience programme.

To apply for Work Experience opportunities please complete and return the application form by the relevant deadline (shown on the timetable below). ON Work Experience Application Form.doc (.doc, 115kb)

We receive a lot of placement requests each year so it is important that you to refer to the dates on the timetable below when applying.

​​The dates available for work experience are shown below. Opera North is unable to offer placements during the summer months, June to August, as this is the Company holiday period.

Work Experience Dates Application Deadline Interviews
19 – 23 Jan 2015 Friday 28 November 2014 w/c 8 December 2014
9 – 13 Feb 2015 Friday 28 November 2014 w/c 8 December 2014

Education Work Experience

Every year Opera North Education offers two one-week work experience placements to young people aged 16 or over. These are in addition to the company wide work experience scheme and offer the opportunity to work solely within the remit of Opera North Education. 

Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to see the work of Opera North Education and gain working knowledge of the preparation involved in this delivery. There may be opportunity to visit our work off site with a member of the team if appropriate. Tasks include general office and project administration eg:  inputting data, assisting with mailings and resources, compiling music packs, assisting in the preparation for project delivery sessions, attendance and participation in the sessions as appropriate.

If you would like to apply please send a declaration of interest telling us about yourself and why you would like to gain work experience at Opera North (no longer than one page of A4) to Janet Crowther, Education Administrator at

Applications are invited on two occasions:

  • Before 31 December for a placement in the winter term (January – March)
  • Before 31 March for a placement in the summer term (April – July)

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