Percussion Academy

26–28 Oct

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We are pleased to announce the next in our series of instrumental academies: The Opera North Percussion Academy.

Working strictly within the government guidance for out of school settings and the guidance for the performing arts, the Percussion Academy will provide an opportunity for young percussionists to safely 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 specialties of working within ensembles.

The academy will be led by Opera North’s two percussionists, Chris Bradley and Mark Wagstaff. Their combined 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 three-day course. A performance will be livestreamed for families and friends in the afternoon of the third day.

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

Daily Warm-ups | Body Percussion | Latin Percussion Skills | Drills for Drums | Tuned Percussion, including timpani | Creative Composition | Tutti repertoire rehearsals

£160 including VAT

10 – 4.30pm, Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 October.
Arrival and departure times will be allocated.

Booking deadline
Please book your place before Monday 19 October

Who is eligible?
For percussionists studying the equivalent of Grade 4 – Grade 8.
Please get in touch if you are unsure.

Any questions?
Please get in with touch with Orchestral Activity Manager Emma Barnett at or on 07970463172.

How to enrol

Step 1: Book your place

Book onto the course by following the ‘Book Now’ button above by Monday 19 October.

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. As part of this registration process 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. We recommend sending your video via WeTransfer to, or emailing the file directly if possible.

Frequently asked questions

We welcome musicians aged 12 – 18 years studying grades 4 – 8 in percussion. Places are strictly limited in accordance with government guidance.

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.

Opera North Percussion Academy
Opera North Percussion Academy

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