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Wanted! Young Musicians to work with Opera North

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A search has been launched for talented young musicians to work alongside the Opera North Youth Company as they prepare to take a new production on tour this Summer.

The Youth Company will stage a one act opera written by Stephen DeazleyDr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow, which will premiere as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival.

Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow was originally commissioned by Scottish Opera. Inspired by Hilaire Belloc’s classic Cautionary Tales, it follows Dr Ferret and his Sweetheart as they set out to discover just how mischievous today’s children really are and to sort out the good ones from the bad. During the course of their journey, the doctor tells the curious story of Matilda whose compulsive lies led to a terrible fire, Henry King who ate too much string, and George, a little boy who manages to cause a great deal of trouble.

Performance schedule: 

Sunday 16 July 2017 The Pavilion Theatre (part of Buxton Fringe Festival)
Saturday 22 July 2017 Middleton Hall, Hull
Tuesday 25 July 2017 The Place, London (part of the 2017 Tête à Tête Festival)

Fifteen talented young instrumentalists are now being sought to work alongside the existing singers. The musicians need to: 

  • Be 14 to 19 years old
  • Be Grade 8 standard or above on their chosen instrument
  • Play a stringed (violinviolacello or double bass), wind (piccoloclarinet or bassoon), brass (horn or trumpet) instrument or percussion

They will master the score, while further developing their ensemble skills, under the guidance of highly experienced tutors and members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

Rehearsals will take place at Opera North in Leeds on Saturday 24 June, Saturday 1 July, Tuesday 4 July (evening), Saturday 8 July, Wednesday 12 July (evening) and Saturday 15 July (dress rehearsal).

To apply, young musicians are asked to submit a short video showcasing their playing to youthensembles@operanorth.co.uk, together with:  

  • Contact details
  • Age
  • Playing experience
  • Current grade
  • Parent’s name

There is a £50 membership fee to join the Opera North Youth Company and a £150 contribution is requested towards travel and accommodation costs. Financial assistance may be available if these fees are a barrier to a young person taking part.

For more information, please email youthensembles@operanorth.co.uk or contact Opera North Youth Ensemble Manager, Marie Lemaire, on 0113 223 3557. 

Opera North Youth Chorus is supported by The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, The Idlewild Trust and the Backstage Trust.


Photo Credit: Opera North

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