Opera North Youth Orchestral Programme

The Opera North Youth Orchestral Programme provides a variety of instrumental and ensemble training for young people aged 10 – 21.

Activities take place throughout the year providing focussed Academies (Strings / Woodwind / Brass / Percussion / Harp) as well as a full orchestral course in August each year. In addition, the Opera North Youth Orchestra meets for two projects each year in the autumn and spring term. All of these activities are delivered by our specialist team of instrumental teaching artists, as well as providing a fantastic chance to rehearse and perform alongside members of the Orchestra of Opera North and a roster of professional conductors.

Our base at the Howard Opera Centre, Leeds, puts young people right at the heart of a busy opera company, giving Members unparalleled opportunities to attend orchestral rehearsals and opera performances, as well as gain an understanding and insight into the workings of Opera North.

We’re looking for young people who can show commitment and who are interested in exploring new and exciting ways to develop their instrumental performance skills.

Ensembles

Here is the list of instrumental ensembles you can get involved with. Click on each individual ensemble to find out more about dates, audition process and how to register.

Strings Academy

Strings Academy

For ages 10-18, studying Grade 4-6 or equivalent

Woodwind & Horn Academy

Woodwind & Horn Academy

For ages 10-18, studying Grade 4+ and for French Horn players Grade 6+

Brass Academy

Brass Academy

For ages 10-18, playing Grade 4+ or equivalent

Percussion Academy

Percussion Academy

For ages 10-18, playing Grade 4+ or equivalent

Summer Orchestra Academy

Summer Orchestra Academy

For ages 10-18, studying Grade 7+ or equivalent

Opera North Youth Orchestra

Opera North Youth Orchestra

For ages 16-21, studying Grade 8+ or equivalent

Harp Academy

Harp Academy

Coming soon…

The Opera North Youth Orchestral Programme is supported by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust for Arts Scholarships.

Bursaries are available for participants who would be unable to take part without financial support.

 

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