Brass Academy

11 - 12 April 2022

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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.

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 Grade 3+.

Participants will be placed into groups according to ability and study level so each participant is appropriately challenged. Opera North continues to maintain certain measures to ensure all musicians and staff are safe. Read our Covid Safety Measures.


The Academy will run between 9.30am – 4.30pm both days.

For brass players aged under 18, studying Grade 3+ or equivalent: Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba.

Enrolment deadline
9am on Monday 28 March 2022

Any questions?
Please get in with touch with Youth Orchestral Manager Emma Barnett at

*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 9am on Monday 28 March.

Step 2: Complete a registration form

You will ask you to fill in a full registration form for all emergency, medical and music information. We will then be in touch with a handbook and schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

For brass players aged under 18, studying Grade 3+ or equivalent: Cornet, Trumpet, French Horn, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba.

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 to find out more and apply for a bursary.

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

Howard Opera Centre, 8 Harrison St, Leeds LS1 6PA

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