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Opera North is England's national opera company in the north and a leading European arts organisation. Acclaimed for its imaginative programming and innovative productions on the main stage, Opera North also programmes its own venue, the Howard Assembly Room, with an enormous diversity of activity.

Opera North is committed to the Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity in all aspects of our recruitment and employment practices. We actively welcome applications from diverse groups.


Head of Development

Opera North creates produces and champions world class, innovative and progressive opera, music and arts education programmes, and aspires to provide transformative experiences for audiences, for the communities of which we are part, for the children we educate, and for the next generation of artistic talent.

We are an award winning national company based in Leeds, rooted in the north but international in outlook, bringing significant social and economic capital to the city and region. Next year we will celebrate our 40th Anniversary, and continued success in building diverse audiences and widening participation in opera, music and the arts.  

With turnover of circa £16m, the company’s business model relies on striking a balance between significant public sector funding (currently 65%) and the remainder, coming from box office and contributed income, making Opera North the largest funded organisation in England permanently based outside London.

There is real potential to grow and diversify the audience, forge new and creative commercial and stakeholder partnerships, including the HE sector, and to expand education and social impact. However, there remains an increasing need to build private sector support, and build the company’s financial resilience.

The new Head of Development will be a critical part of a new strategy to become more entrepreneurial in seeking out earned income and public, corporate or philanthropic support.

Salary: Competitive
For further details and to apply, please visit:
Closing date for applications: Friday 18 August 2017

Education Junior Teaching Artist: Upper Strings

A fantastic opportunity has arisen within the team for an experienced, well-motivated team player to fill the role of Education Junior Teaching Artist – Upper Strings working on Opera North’s award-winning education programme, In Harmony Opera North.

In Harmony Opera North seeks to deliver an inclusive programme of high quality music education and performance opportunities in order to encourage young people from all backgrounds to engage with the arts and, through doing so, deliver wider benefits such as increased confidence, aspiration, engagement with formal learning and an increase in parental engagement.

To meet the requirements of this multi-faceted role, the successful candidate will be a portfolio musician with string teaching experience. Alongside this, a focus on providing high quality music education for young people regardless of background is essential to the job. You will have excellent organisational and communication skills, and the ability to work well within a team.

Contract type: Permanent, part time
Salary: £24,000 per annum, pro-rata (2 days a week)
Deadline for applications: 10.00am, Friday 11 August 2017
Interviews: W/c Monday 21 August 2017

Education Junior Teaching Artist: Upper Strings Job Description

Application documents: 

Application Form | Diversity Form
Application Guidance Notes | Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Please submit your application to, and also use this address if you have any queries about the recruitment process or access needs with making an application.  


As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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