Welcoming Opera North to campus

This month, we welcomed the return of both the Opera North Orchestra Academy and the Opera North Orchestra Camp to the University of Leeds’ School of Music.

The Opera North Orchestra Academy, which is aimed at 14-19 year olds, is a summer residential course that provides a world-class orchestral training experience with the Orchestra of Opera North in an inspirational and supportive environment. As well as rehearsing and performing existing orchestral repertoire, the young delegates also benefited from a side-by-side rehearsal with the full orchestra and sectional coaching with the professional musicians. They were also able to gain an in-depth insight into working with a professional orchestra and conductor, as well as receiving additional opportunities to play and rehearse chamber music throughout the week.

From Tuesday 27th to Saturday 30th August, the Opera North Orchestra Camp visited the School of Music in order to offer 10 – 18 year olds the opportunity to perform with professional players from the Orchestra of Opera North. With an action-packed programme full of fun, high quality musical experience and a chance to play alongside the Orchestra of Opera North, the budding musicians were able to develop their technical and musical ability in a creative and supportive environment.

Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager at MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We were thrilled to be welcoming back the Orchestra of Opera North to the School of Music at the university. It was a great opportunity to showcase both the university and the School of Music to the younger generations, who we hope will feel inspired and excited to join us later in life and pave the way for musicians of the future!”

Karen Burland, Head of the School of Music at the University of Leeds, commented: “In an educational climate where music is increasingly under threat, we recognise the value of these activities for creating opportunities for young people to make high quality music with other talented children and professional performers, whilst developing important personal and social skills at the same time. The positive energy around the School of Music during the Opera North residency is transformational, and it is an important part of our mission to support music making within the city and give young people insight into what a university music department looks like!”

Jacqui Cameron, Education Director at Opera North, commented: “We were delighted to hold the Opera North Orchestra Academy and Opera North Orchestra Camp in Leeds again. We feel that it is really important to introduce young musicians to the city which has been our home for over 40 years, and to make them aware of the wealth of opportunities Leeds offers. We are very lucky to have so many fantastic higher education institutions on our doorstep, as well as all kinds of innovative and inspiring organisations championing arts in the North.”

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