Young Musicians Offered An Extraordinary Opportunity
Opera North's popular Orchestra Camp returns this summer with young players being given the opportunity to spend a week of their school holidays perfecting their skills with some of the region's finest performers.
The camp will run at the University of Leeds School of Music from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August and is open to keen instrumentalists aged 10 to 18 years. It is suitable for orchestral players of all abilities, from Grade 1 to Grade 8, including strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion. Over the course of the week, participants will be appropriately challenged to develop within their own technical ability.
The young people will take part in instrumental activities, vocal sessions, and drama and movement workshops, designed to enhance both their playing skills and general musicianship in an enjoyable, creative and inspiring way. They will also master new pieces with professional musicians, and will be mentored by members of the Orchestra of Opera North, culminating in a side-by-side performance on the final day.
The theme of the Orchestra Camp has been inspired by L'enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) which is one of Opera North's forthcoming productions in The Little Greats season of six shorter operas.
Ravel's bewitching work tells the fantastical tale of a naughty young boy who, having been confined to his room for refusing to do his homework, is rebuked by the animals, furniture and plants that he has mistreated in the past. As well as looking at Ravel's extraordinary music, the young players will explore a range of other scores written in response to mystery and magic, including pieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and John Williams.
Jacqui Cameron, Opera North Education Director, said:
"The University of Leeds School of Music is the perfect venue for Orchestra Camp, as this campus may well be where these young musicians come to study if they choose to progress in higher education.
"During the week, we aim to provide a friendly environment for young people to develop both musically and socially, performing alongside extraordinary professionals, forging new friendships - and having fun. The final afternoon is always a revelation with playing of the highest quality from all the participants as they perform alongside the Orchestra of Opera North."
Opera North Orchestra Camp is non-residential with sessions running from 9.30am-4.00pm each day. Parents are welcome to drop off children from 9.00am and can collect up to 5.00pm. Places are limited so early booking is advised.
The cost of the camp is £150 per person, which includes all workshops and the final performance with the Orchestra of Opera North. Discounts are available for siblings: places for two children cost £270, while the price for three children is £400. Bookings can be made at Orchestra Camp or, for two siblings or more, on 0844 848 2720.
The Orchestra Camp is supported by the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund. Opera North's Education programme is supported by Opera North Future Fund and the Whitaker Charitable Trust.
Young Musicians Offered An Extraordinary Opportunity, 23rd June 2017, 19:54 PM