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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 people from all backgrounds, including BAME communities who are currently underrepresented in the workforce.


Opera North - Finance Director

Salary: Competitive
Location: Leeds
Closing date for applications: Monday 12th March

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 it is part, for the children it educates, and for the next generation of artistic talent.

They 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 they will celebrate their 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.

Due to the upcoming departure of Opera North’s longstanding finance director, there is now an opportunity for a talented and charismatic finance professional to join this hugely respected and successful Opera company.

The Role

  • To lead a high quality financial service to the general director, board of trustees and senior management team, providing strategic leadership on all matters relating to financial management and control, statutory reporting and internal and external audit.
  • To work with colleagues to devise sustainable and viable financial strategies to deliver the aims and priorities of Opera North and affiliated organisations.
  • To ensure the efficient, complain and effective administration and control of all aspects of the company’s accounts and financial affairs.

The Candidate

  • A confident qualified accountant with significant experience in progressive financial roles as a senior manager or director with strong leadership skills and a proven track record of motivating and developing high performing teams.
  • A strong relationship builder with the ability to influence and deal with people at all levels of an organisation, communicating complex financial concepts in simple and understandable terms.
  • Financially savvy and diplomatic, with experience of preparing and presenting papers at board level.
  • Experience of working in a creative or cultural environment would be highly desirable as would an interest and empathy in Opera and the performing Arts.

For further information and details on how to apply, please visit

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners; Lucy Ramsbottom on 0161 498 3418.

Education Teaching Artist (Trumpet)

An opportunity has arisen within the team for an experienced, well-motivated music educator to fill the part-time role as Education Teaching Artist (Trumpet), working primarily on Opera North’s award-winning education programme, In Harmony Opera North.

In Harmony Opera North is a Community Residency impacting on over 1100 children in full-time education and the wider community that surrounds their schools. It seeks to deliver an inclusive programme of high quality instrumental and vocal music education and performance opportunities in order that young people from all backgrounds are able 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.

Solid classical music training and a demonstrably high level of musical skill and literacy are all required, supported by satisfactory DBS clearance and the ability to work across locations.

Salary: £27,926 p/a pro rata
Hours of work: Two days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Deadline for applications: 10.00am, Tuesday 20 March 2018
Interviews: Wednesday 28 March 2018

Education Teaching Artist (Trumpet) Job Description

Application documents:
Application FormEDI Monitoring Form
Application Guidance Notes | EDI Policy

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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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