Our Young Musicians Studio provides young musicians in Leeds with opportunities to progress their classical music making.

Established in November 2022, the Young Musicians Studio is part of the Opera North Instrumental Learning Pathway. Originally designed as a progression route from In Harmony Opera North primary schools, students who are keen to develop their musical skills and creativity further can join us on a Saturday morning for specialist training. We currently run a full Young Musicians Studio Programme  throughout the year, as well as a free Beginner Woodwind Programme for one term only.

“My Young Musicians Studio highlight is learning new things with my teachers”
– violin student (Year 5)

We offer tuition on the following instruments:

  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, french horn
  • Strings: violin, viola, cello
  • Woodwinds: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon
£332 per term, bursaries available including In Harmony Scholarships for children attending In Harmony schools | Beginner Woodwind Programme is free of charge
  • Trinity Academy Leeds

Every Saturday morning during term time

Who is it for?
Students in Year 5+ (Young Musicians Studio)
Students in Year 6+ (Beginner Woodwind Programme)

Any questions?
Please contact yms@operanorth.co.uk

Young Musicians Pathway Manager
Ava Podgorski

Frequently asked questions

The fee to take part in the full Young Musicians Studio Programme is £332 per term. This covers the cost of small group tuition, ensemble playing, musicianship and composition.

We do not want the cost to be a barrier for anyone to take part and are able to offer bursaries. This includes In Harmony Scholarships for children attending In Harmony schools. To find out more, please email yms@operanorth.co.uk.

Please note that the Beginner Woodwind Programme is currently free of charge. You can register an interest by clicking on the ‘Register an interest’ button at the top of this page.

A typical Young Musicians Studio Saturday session includes three or four distinct classes that complement each-other and work together to ensure students develop musical skills in a well-rounded way. Students on the full Young Musicians Studio Programme study all four classes below, whereas those on our Beginner Woodwind Programme study the first three for one term only.

  • Small Group Tuition: Students develop the technical and artistic skills required to play their musical instrument. For those coming in through the full Young Musicians Studio Programme this will build upon knowledge gained prior to starting: advancing technique, repertoire awareness, and musical expression. For students joining our Beginner Woodwind Programme, this will involve understanding the basics and first steps needed to play a musical instrument.
  • Improvisation/Composition: Students develop skills in musical creativity and expression. Musical improvisation involves imagination and offers students an opportunity to practically apply lessons learned elsewhere in the timetable.
  • Musicianship: Students develop a broad knowledge of music and skills to enhance their musical ability, such as music reading and writing, ear training and listening, singing, and musical history awareness.
  • Ensemble Session: Students may work as part of a large ensemble (10+ players) or work in chamber sized ensembles. Ensemble sessions are only included as part of our full Young Musicians Programme, and not in the Beginner Woodwind Programme.

Below are two examples of how the Saturday schedule might look like.

Example timetable – Year 6 Young Musicians Studio Trumpet student:

9.30 – 10.15 10.25 – 11.10 11.20 – 12.05 12.15 – 13.00
Ensemble Session Musicianship Small Group Tuition Improvisation and Composition

Example timetable – Year 7 Beginner Woodwind Programme (Bassoon) student*:

9.30 – 10.15 10.25 – 11.10 11.20 – 12.05
Musicianship Small Group Tuition Improvisation and composition

* Students on the Beginner Woodwind programme have a reduced timetable, so finish at 12.05pm and take part for one term only.

Sessions take place on Saturday morning at Trinity Academy Leeds, Torre Road, Leeds, LS9 7QL.

We also offer performing opportunities around Leeds throughout the year.

The Young Musicians Studio welcomes young people in Year 5 and above from across Leeds and the region who already have at least two years experience learning on their instrument.

The Beginner Woodwind Programme is open to any young person in Year 6 and above from across Leeds and the region who would be interested in learning how to play the flute, oboe, clarinet or bassoon.

You can register an interest to join the Young Musicians Studio by clicking on the ‘Register an interest’ button at the top of this page. For more information, you can email yms@operanorth.co.uk

We might be able to provide instruments on loan according to availability. To find out more, email yms@operanorth.co.uk

Opera North Young Musicians Studio has been designed to continue the brilliant work of the In Harmony Opera North team. In Harmony is a national programme that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in deprived communities, using the power and disciplines of ensemble music-making. We have taken these principles and created a progression route that allows for further development beyond the in-school setting.


Opera North Young Musicians Studio is supported by a generous grant from the Leverhulme Trust for Arts Scholarships.

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