Winter Orchestra Academy

19-21 December 2022

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The Opera North Winter Orchestra Academy is an immersive three days of ensemble training where school-aged musicians will be tutored by and play alongside members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

This academy focuses on the skills needed for playing in chamber ensembles using exciting and diverse repertoire chosen specifically to help develop skills in working effectively and musically, both as part of an instrumental section and a whole ensemble.

Young musicians will benefit from working closely with members of the Orchestra of Opera North, gaining in-depth insight into the relationships between the different sections of an orchestra, with a particular focus on how this differs in a chamber orchestra. Everyone will be appropriately challenged to develop within their technical and musical ability in an inspirational and supportive environment.

All sessions will provide the opportunity for feedback from professionals and peers alike, working in the new, purpose-built Bramall Education Studio at the Howard Opera Centre in the lead up to an exciting performance for family and friends.


For school-aged Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass players, studying grade 4-8 (or equivalent) on their instrument. Please get in touch if you are unsure.

Daily sessions run from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Registration deadline
Monday 14 November 2022. Unfortunately we are not able to take late enrolments.

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

*Bursaries and payment plans are available. Find more details in  the FAQs  below, or get in touch to apply.


How to Book

Step 1: Book your place

Book onto the course by following the ‘Book Now’ button above by Monday 14 November. 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 to complete for all emergency, medical and music information. We will then be in touch with full details including a handbook, schedule and repertoire.


Who can apply?

We welcome school aged musicians studying grade 4-8 (or equivalent ) on the Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass players to take part.

Do you offer bursaries?

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.

Is food provided?

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

Is accommodation provided?

No, this is a non-residential academy.

Where is the Howard Opera Centre?

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

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