Percussion Academy

Details to be announced soon

30 - 31 May 2022

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The Opera North Percussion Academy is a two day intensive programme for young percussion 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 Percussion Academy will provide an opportunity for young percussionists to make music together in a developmental and inspiring environment. The academy will explore the wide-world of percussion, breaking down and developing the idiosyncrasies of different percussion instruments, playing techniques and the specialities of working within ensembles.

The academy will be led by Opera North’s percussionists. Their professional and educational experience will ensure that participants are able to develop their technical skills and understanding of working within a percussion ensemble over the two-day course with a sharing for friends and family on the final day.

Each day participants will take part in several ensembles and workshops such as:

  • Daily warm-ups
  • Body percussion
  • Drills for drums
  • Hand drum workshop
  • Tuned percussion, including timpani
  • Percussion ensemble rehearsals

Booking deadline
Monday 9 May 2022

Who is eligible?
For percussionists studying the equivalent of Grade 4 – Grade 8.

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

How to enrol

Step 1: Book your place

Booking will become available soon. Book onto the course by following the ‘Book Now’ button.

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

We welcome musicians aged 12 – 18 years studying grades 4 – 8 in percussion.

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 see our full list of  Covid-19 Safety Measures for this academy

We might ask you to bring some of your own sticks, as well as a practice pad and a tambourine. Details will be sent after enrollment.

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

No, this is a non-residential academy.

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

Opera North Percussion Academy

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