Children and young people are central to Opera North’s ambition and purpose. Our Schools work sits at the heart of our Education programme, with activities, projects and events designed specifically for Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form students.

Opera North is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping to put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture.

Blending Learning Composition Project for GCSE & A Level Music Students

Suitable for KS4-5 music students

An extended educational project centred on developing music composition skills to enable GCSE & A-Level Music participants to create short music works written for a solo instrument or voice and accompaniment. The course will cover all stages of the composing process, including practical considerations of the available instruments/singers the participants can write for.

Devised and led by composer James Garner and supported by a selection of Opera North orchestral musicians/singers, the course will feature a combination of online/live composition workshops, accompanied by a step-by-step LTSM resource to guide and support a music teacher and participants at every step of the compositional process. This resource will include lesson guides in a high quality instructional video format to help carry participants through the tasks and support the teacher in every session. The resource will also contain a summarising document for teachers, charting the learning objectives and outcomes for each stage of the process.

The project will culminate in a final sharing performance (either live/remote) featuring the students’ new compositions, played through by Opera North musicians/singers.

When: Jan – Mar/Apr 2021 (Online meetings with schools: Nov 2020)

Where: Leeds | Greater Manchester | Newcastle | Cumbria

Cost: £475+VAT per school

How to book: Contact for more information

Booking deadline: Friday 23 Oct 2020*

*Only a very limited number of school spaces are available; places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Locations may vary depending on school take-up.


A-Level Music Set Works Online Workshops: The Marriage of Figaro & The Magic Flute

Suitable for KS5 students

Join us for two online seminars as we explore selected excerpts from Mozart’s operas: The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute, performed by members of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North, intended to support and enhance delivery of the AQA and Edexcel A-Level music syllabus respectively

Accompanying online resource packs for each opera will also be available for schools to access to support students’ learning


When: TBC from Jan 2021

Where: Seminars to be accessed online

Cost: £200+VAT per school (per seminar)

How to book: Contact for more information

BBC Ten Pieces: Small Ensemble Performances in School

Suitable for KS3 students

A 45 min workshop style in-school performance for KS3 pupils, featuring a selection of repertoire from the BBC Ten Pieces, arranged for 13-piece instrumental ensemble, comprised of instrumentalists from the Orchestra of Opera North and presented by animateur Andy Smith

Workshops would be developed in line with Covid guidelines for the Performing Arts to ensure the health and safety of musicians and school pupils/teaching staff

Workshops would provide the opportunity for students to access and interact with live instrumental music through the works of the great composers from the Baroque period to the 20th Century

When: TBC from Jan 2021

Where: Leeds, Newcastle, Northumberland, County Durham, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Nottingham, Barnsley, Doncaster & York

Cost: £400+VAT per school

How to book: Contact for more information

Schools Resource Packs

Schools Resource Packs

A range of resource packs for Schools’ Matinee performances are also available to assist any learning around specific operas or opera in general.

Discounted tickets for school groups

Discounted tickets for school groups

Discounted tickets for school groups are available for Opera North main stage performances (excluding Saturday performances). For further information, please contact

Get in touch

Please get in touch for further information and to book your place on activities.
Phone: 0113 223 3520


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