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.

Price
£130*
Venue
  • Howard Opera Centre

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

Timings
Daily sessions run from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Registration deadline
Monday 6 December 2021. Places are limited per instrument and offered on a first-come first served basis.

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

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

Read our COVID-19 guidance here

Places are available for the following instruments. These are offered on a first-come first served basis – please fill in the registration form above to book a place.

Please note, a number of places have now been filled. We encourage you to complete the registration form even if you’re chosen instrument is fully booked as you will be added to a waiting list in case someone cannot take their place. We will also keep in touch with you about our instrumental academies in 2022.

Woodwind: 
2 Flutes (Fully booked, register to join the waiting list)
2 Oboes (Fully booked, register to join the waiting list)
2 Clarinets (Fully booked, register to join the waiting list)
2 Bassoons

Brass: 
2 Horns
2 Trumpets (Fully booked, register to join the waiting list)
2 Tenor Trombones
2 Bass Trombones (Fully booked, register to join the waiting list)
1 Tuba (Fully booked, register to join the waiting list)

Strings
5 Violins (Fully booked, register to join the waiting list)
2 Violas
2 Cellos
1 Double Bass.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate percussionists at this time, but please look out for the upcoming announcement of our Percussion Academy which will be held in May 2022. Do get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

 

How to Book

Step 1:
Register your interest by clicking the Register Button at the very top of the page. Spaces are limited for each instrument in order to balance the ensemble.

Step 2:
We will confirm your place, and send you an Enrolment form and booking link. There is no audition for this academy, but places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Step 3:
Send us a short video of you playing a piece or an excerpt of a piece. We will send instructions on how to submit your video. This is not an audition but will simply help us to understand which repertoire to programme to appropriately challenge and develop each participant – and have fun doing so!

FAQs

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, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass to take part.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate percussionists at this time, but please look out for the upcoming announcement of our Percussion Academy which will be held in May 2022. Do get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

 

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 youthorchestral@operanorth.co.uk 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.

What Covid-19 Safety measures have you taken?

Please see our Covid-19 Safety Measures.

Where is the Howard Opera Centre?

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

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