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Tuning Up For The Future
Opera North launches a new Orchestra Academy. Photo by Lidia Crisafulli
Talented young orchestral players across the North of England and beyond are being given the opportunity to spend a week of their summer holidays immersing themselves in music and developing their playing and performance skills with some of the country’s most highly-regarded musicians as Opera North announces its first residential Orchestra Academy.

Designed for 14 to 19-year-olds playing strings, woodwind, brass or percussion at Grade 7 level and above, the Opera North Orchestra Academy will be held in Leeds from Tuesday 28 August to Saturday 1 September. Over the course of the five days, the participants will rehearse exciting orchestral repertoire alongside the full Orchestra of Opera North and benefit from sectional and chamber music coaching with the Orchestra’s players in a bid to develop excellence in ensemble skills and orchestral performance. The week will culminate in a public concert under the baton of an internationally-renowned conductor, giving the Academy players a glimpse into what it takes to stage a professional orchestral performance and the excitement of the event itself.

After the residential camp, the participants will be invited to take part in ‘keeping in touch’ weekends during the October and February half terms and to join collaborative projects such as the Opera North Youth Company which will give them an opportunity to stage performances with the Opera North Youth Chorus.

Jacqui Cameron, Opera North Education Director, said:

“Inspiring and guiding the next generation of orchestral musicians is key to Opera North’s work.

“The Orchestra Academy Summer Residency week is perfect for those who are already members of their local youth orchestra, particularly string players, as well as for students looking for an immersive music experience during the summer. We decided to make entry by audition only to ensure that all the participants are at the best stage in their playing to take advantage of this opportunity and for us to tailor the learning precisely to their needs.

“We hope that, having been given this chance to spend a few days with the professional musicians from the Orchestra of Opera North, many of these gifted young players will consider pursuing a career in music with all the rewards that can bring.”


The cost of attending Opera North Orchestra Camp is £425 which includes tuition, full board and accommodation, with a non-residential option for £275. Bursaries are available. Anyone interested in being considered for a place should apply for a free audition at www.operanorth.co.uk/opera-north-orchestra-academy by Monday 9 April. A workshop will be held from 11am-12pm in Leeds on Saturday 21 April followed by individual auditions in the afternoon.

Opera North’s education programme is supported by the Opera North Future Fund and The Whitaker Charitable Trust.

Tuning Up For The Future, 4th April 2018, 10:17 AM