The Opera North Brass Academy is a two-day intensive programme for young brass players to work alongside and learn from specialists from Opera North’s Education department and the professional players of the Orchestra of Opera North.

The Academy will focus on ensemble playing and developing and improving the skills used to play in different sized ensembles and the special relationships between brass instruments. Carefully chosen repertoire will allow participants to look closely at what makes a great brass ensemble and focus on developing specific playing techniques. In addition to repertoire rehearsals, players will participate in intuitive music workshops as well as performance and technique masterclasses which give the opportunity for peer and professional feedback.

Participants will be placed into a group of no more than 15 young musicians and accompanying professionals with whom they will remain for all sessions. Read our COVID Safety Measures.

 

Each day players will:

• Explore brass repertoire with the professional players and education specialists of Opera North
• Participate in sectional and tutti rehearsals
• Learn, experiment, and develop ensemble communication through intuitive music workshops
• Participate in instrument-based masterclasses and technique workshops
• Play side-by-side with the professional musicians and tutors of Opera North
• Meet new people and make new friends

We welcome school-aged brass players studying Grade 4+ or equivalent to take part. Places are strictly limited in accordance to current government guidance.

*Please note that spaces are very limited due to government guidelines and venue capacity. We recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Price
£130*
Venue
  • Yeadon Town Hall

Eligibility
For brass players aged under 18, studying Grade 4+ or equivalent. Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba. Enrolments are restricted to these listed instruments on this occasion.

Enrolment Deadline
Monday 17 May 2021.

Any questions?
Please get in with touch with Youth Orchestral Manager Emma Barnett at youthorchestral@operanorth.co.uk.

*Bursaries and payment plans available. Find full details in FAQs below.

How to enrol

Step 1: Book your place

Book onto the course by following the ‘Book Now’ button above by Monday 17 May.

Step 2: Complete a registration form with accompanying video

You will be sent a full registration form for all emergency, medical and music information to complete. At the end of the registration form you will be asked to send us a short video of you playing a piece, or an excerpt of a piece. This should be no more than two minutes in length and simply a piece that you enjoy playing. The video will help us to make sure you are placed in the group which best suits your ability.

Frequently Asked Questions

For brass players aged under 18, studying Grade 4+ or equivalent. Cornet, Trumpet, French Horn, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba. Enrolments are restricted to these listed instruments on this occasion.

Participants will need to bring their own instruments, but stands and chairs will be provided.

No – packed lunches will need to be brought from home.  

No, this is a non-residential academy.

Yes. We want to ensure that costs do not create a barrier to taking part and are able to offer financial assistance to those who wouldn’t be able to join without support. Please get in touch to see if you are eligible for a bursary place. 

It is also possible to split the cost into multiple instalments, please get in touch with Youth Orchestral Manager Emma Barnett at youthorchestral@operanorth.co.uk to find out more.

Please read our Covid-19 Safety Measures for this academy.

Yeadon Town Hall, High St, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7PP

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