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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.

CURRENT VACANCIES

Teaching Artists 

Opportunities have arisen within the Opera North Education team for experienced, well-motivated music educators to fill part-time roles as Teaching Artists, working primarily on Opera North’s award-winning education programme, In Harmony Opera North from August 2017.

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.

The roles are available for two days a week in the following areas:

  • Upper Brass
  • Lower Brass
  • Clarinet
  • Flute

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: £27,513 pro rata
Deadline for applications: 10.00am, Friday 23 June 2017
Interviews: W/c 3 and 17 July 2017

Teaching Artist (Upper Brass) Job Description
Teaching Artist (Lower Brass) Job Description
Teaching Artist (Clarinet) Job Description
​Teaching Artist (Flute) Job Description

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

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


Technical & Production Runner 

Opera North is looking for a Technical & Production Runner (12 months fixed term). This is a unique opportunity to gain experience of work back stage in a theatre, supporting the work undertaken within the Technical & Production Department in day to day operations and assisting in varied aspects of work needed to stage our operas. We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is self-motivated, can use their initiative and who can work as part of a team.

Salary: c.£14,456 per annum, plus 5.5% employer pension contribution.
Employment Term: 12 month fixed term contract
Deadline for applications: 10.00am, Friday 23 June 2017
Interviews: W/c Monday 26 June 2017
Start date: Subject to availability (ideally 24 or 31 July 2017)

Technical & Production Runner Job Description

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

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


Deputy Head of Stage 

Opera North's forty-strong technical department has earned an enviable reputation for excellence and, due to an internal promotion, we are looking for a Deputy Head of Stage to join the team. The role involves supporting and deputising for the Head of Stage, and working closely with technical Heads of Department to deliver productions to the highest standards.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a track record of operatic or theatrical technical management experience, an understanding of relevant artistic process and an excellent knowledge of health and safety practices.

Deadline for applications: 10.00am, Friday 30 June 2017
Interviews: Thursday 6 and Friday 7 July 2017

Deputy Head of Stage Job Description

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

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


Early Years Music Leader (Trainee)

In collaboration with Spitalfields Music, Opera North Education is offering an emerging musician the opportunity to take part in a year-long traineeship to develop skills in music leading, specialising in early years.

From September 2017 to July 2018 the trainee will

  • support at least 3 creative music projects alongside experienced workshop leaders
  • attend 3 days of practical music leader training (in London)
  • receive mentoring and guidance from an experienced workshop leader and Learning & Participation managers
  • work together with other trainees to devise and deliver their own school-based creative project with Spitalfields Music
  • receive a bursary of £1,500, plus an additional training allowance of £250

Thanks to the generous support of Help Musicians UK, Spitalfields Music has been able to extend their trainee scheme to include two placements with partner organisations; LSO Discovery and Opera North. This placement is specifically for musicians based in the North of England, within reach of Leeds and/or Hull. (For musicians based in London, please visit the Spitalfields Music website.)

This is an exceptional opportunity for an emerging music leader to gain hands-on practical experience, reflect on personal practice, and observe and learn in a safe and supportive environment. We are looking for an outstandingly creative and skilled musician who is an ambitious and passionate collaborator committed to working with early years.

Deadline for applications: Monday 10 July 2017, 10.00am
First-round group auditions: Monday 17 July
Second-round interviews: Thursday 27 July 

Early Years Music Leader (Trainee) Information Pack
Early Years Music Leader (Trainee) Application Form 

Please submit your application to appointments@operanorth.co.uk, 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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