Opera North Strings Academy

15-18 August 2022

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The Opera North Strings Academy is an immersive four days of ensemble training where young string players are tutored by and play alongside string education specialists from Opera North.

This academy focuses on the skills needed for playing in string ensembles. Participants will play exciting repertoire and discover the special relationships between instruments of the string family. Everyone will be appropriately challenged to develop within their technical and musical ability in an inspirational and supportive environment.

Participants will work as part of an ensemble and explore repertoire written for string ensembles, as well as take part in intuitive music and technique workshops. All sessions will provide the opportunity for feedback from professionals and peers alike.

Participants will be placed into a small group of young musicians young musicians and accompanying tutors and pastoral staff with whom they will remain for all sessions.

Read our Covid Safety Measures.

Each day players will:

  • Explore, rehearse and perform carefully selected repertoire for string ensembles with specialist tutors from Opera North
  • Take part in workshops on specific string techniques
  • Take part in intuitive music workshops
    Play side by side with string tutors from Opera North
  • Meet new people and make new friends

We welcome school aged musicians studying Grade 4-6 or equivalent on their string instrument to take part.


For Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass players, studying grade 4 –6 (or equivalent).

Daily sessions run from 9.30am – 4.30pm

Enrolment deadline
Booking is now closed for the 2022 academy but you can register an interest for future courses.

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

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

How to book?

Step 1: Book your place

Book onto the course by following the ‘Book Now’ button above by Monday 18 July. Please note that spaces are limited. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Step 2: Complete a registration form

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

Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome school aged musicians years studying grade 4-6 (or equivalent) on the Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass to take part.

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  emma.barnett@operanorth.co.uk to find out more.

No, a packed lunch will need to be brought each day. Details will be shared about this once registration is complete.

No, this is a non-residential academy.

Howard Opera Centre
8 Harrison Street
Leeds, LS1 6PA

Opera North Strings Academy

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