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The Opera North Strings Academy is an immersive 4 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.

*Please note that spaces are very limited due to government guidelines and venue capacity. We recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

  • Howard Opera Centre

For Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass players, studying grade 4 –6 (or equivalent) on their instrument. Please get in touch if you are unsure. 

Daily sessions run from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Enrolment deadline
Monday 19 July 2021.

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 book

Step 1: Book your place

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

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. At the end of the registration form 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.

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. 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.  

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.

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, Harrison St, Leeds LS16NU

Strings Academy

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