Woodwind Academy

13 – 14 April 2022

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The Opera North Woodwind Academy is a two day intensive programme for young Woodwind players to work alongside and learn from specialists from Opera North’s Education department and the professional players of the Orchestra of Opera North.

The Academy will focus on developing the skills used in ensemble playing and the special relationships and roles of the different Wind instruments in these settings. Participants will experience playing in ensembles of varying sizes and instrumentation. Carefully chosen repertoire will allow participants to look closely at what makes a great wind ensemble and to focus on developing specific playing techniques.

In addition to repertoire rehearsals, players will participate in intuitive music workshops and masterclasses which give the opportunity for peer and professional feedback.

Participants will be placed into groups according to ability and study level so each participant is appropriately challenged. Opera North continues to maintain certain measures to ensure all musicians and staff are safe. Read our  Covid Safety Measures.

Each day players will :

  • Explore ensemble repertoire with the professional players and education specialists of Opera North
  • Participate in sectional and tutti rehearsals
  • Learn, experiment and develop ensemble communication skills improvision-inspired composition
  • Participate in instrument-based masterclasses and technique workshops
  • Play side-by-side with the professional musicians and tutors of Opera North
  • Meet new people and make new friends

We welcome school aged instrumentalists studying Woodwind instruments Grade 4+.


The Academy will run between 9.30am – 4.30pm both days.

For Woodwind players aged under 18, studying Grade 4+ (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon).

Enrolment deadline
9am on Monday 28 March

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 enrol

Step 1: Book your place  
Book onto the course by following the ‘Book Now’ button above by 9am on Monday 28 March.

Step 2: Complete a registration form  
You will ask you to fill in a full registration form for all emergency, medical and music information. We will then be in touch with a handbook and schedule.

Frequently asked questions

For woodwind players aged under 18, studying Grade 4+ or equivalent: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon.

Participants will need to bring their own instruments, but stands and chairs will be provided.

No – packed lunches will need to be brought from home.  

No, this is a non-residential academy.

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 and apply for a bursary.

Please see our full list of  Covid-19 Safety Measures for this academy

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

Woodwind Academy

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