Opera North Orchestra Academy

Postponed to 2021

This event has been postponed

COVID-19 Update: We regret to announce that due to the COVID-19 crisis the 2020 Orchestra Academy has had to be cancelled.  Our immediate priority is the health and safety of our participants audiences, artists and staff and we look forward to inviting everyone to apply to the 2021 Orchestra Academy.

The Opera North Orchestra Academy is an immersive orchestral training programme for outstanding young musicians age 14–19 Grade 7+ in school years 10–13 from across the North of England and beyond.

Summer Residency
The Orchestra Academy summer residential course provides a world-class orchestral training experience with the Orchestra of Opera North in an inspirational and supportive environment. While meeting like-minded young musicians you will take your performance skills to the next level and be a part of thrilling orchestral performances.

Rehearsing and performing exciting orchestral repertoire, Academy musicians will benefit from:

  • Side-by-side rehearsal with the full Orchestra of Opera North
  • Sectional coaching with players from the Orchestra of Opera North designed to develop excellence in ensemble skills and orchestral performance
  • In-depth insight into working with a professional orchestra and conductor
  • Opportunity to rehearse and perform opera repertoire

The Opera North Orchestra Academy is designed to complement your existing local youth orchestra membership.

Not currently available
  • Opera North, Leeds

How to apply
Applications are no longer being taken for 2020. They will open again in January for the 2021 Orchestra Academy.

Individual Audition Excerpts
Please see the individual audition excerpts below:
Woodwind Audition Excerpts
Brass Audition Excerpts
Percussion Audition Excerpts
String Audition Excerpts

Any questions?
Please contact Orchestral Activity Manager Emma Barnett at emma.barnett@operanorth.co.uk.

Recent projects

In its second year Opera North Orchestra Academy of 2019 welcomed young musicians from all over the UK and further to the School of Music at the University of Leeds. Over five days the academy worked in sectional and tutti rehearsals, led by Lee Reynolds and coached by musicians of the Orchestra of Opera North, concluding in a final concert at the Great Hall of the University of Leeds.

The Academy explored the different elements of Kurt Weill’s music, centring around his rarely performed Symphony No. 2 as well as two arias from Street Scene (Somehow I Never Could Believe, A Boy Like You) which Opera North will stage in early 2020. Weill’s versatility as a composer was placed in context of works of two of his contemporaries, Eric Korngold (Theme & Variations) and Giacomo Puccini (La Boheme) from which Academy performed Donde Lieta Usci and Mi Chiamano Mimi together with soprano Sarah Redgwick.

The Academy participants displayed their musical versatility with an exciting and unique arrangement of George Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm by conductor Lee Reynolds.

Hear from previous participants

Frequently Asked Questions

Outstanding young musicians aged 14–19 in school years 10–13 from across the north of England and beyond who play an orchestral instrument to Grade 7+ level:

  • Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Woodwind: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon
  • Brass: horn, trumpet, trombone
  • Percussion

We encourage applications from secondary school students and anyone aged 19 and below.

We want to ensure that costs do not create a barrier to taking part and are able to offer bursary places to successful applicants from families in challenging circumstances. Please indicate on your application form if you would like to be considered for a bursary place.

All members of the Academy will receive full board and accommodation at a nearby halls of residence. Social events and pastoral care will be organised by a team of dedicated staff members. Our pastoral staff are highly experienced in working with young people, and are committed to enjoyment and wellbeing during the course.

Applicants to the Orchestra Academy 2020 over the age of 16 can use their audition to also apply for the Opera North Youth Orchestra, a professional training ensemble and excellent learning opportunity for motivated young musicians in the North.

Opera North Orchestra Academy

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