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Opera North is England's national opera company in the north and a leading European arts organisation. Acclaimed for its imaginative programming and innovative productions on the main stage, Opera North also programmes its own venue, the Howard Assembly Room, with an enormous diversity of activity.

Opera North is committed to the Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity in all aspects of our recruitment and employment practices. We actively welcome applications from diverse groups.


Orchestral Education Leader 

Opera North Education is one of the leading arts education departments in the country. The team delivers a range of workshops and creative projects, encouraging young people and communities to explore the art form of opera. Opera North is proud of its northern roots and provides a valuable resource for the cultural life of the region and for the development of young talent.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen within the team for an experienced, well-motivated conductor and music educator to fill the role of Orchestral Education Leader, working primarily on Opera North’s award winning education programme, In Harmony Opera North from August 2017.

In Harmony Opera North is a Community Residency impacting on over 1100 children in full-time education and the wider community that surrounds their schools. It seeks to deliver an inclusive programme of high quality instrumental and vocal music education and performance opportunities in order that young people from all backgrounds are able to engage with the arts and, through doing so, deliver wider benefits such as increased confidence, aspiration, engagement with formal learning and an increase in parental engagement.

The successful candidate will be a string player with a demonstrably high level of musical skill and literacy, supported by a strong understanding of musical pedagogy in relation to ensemble playing in an education context, from beginner upwards. They will be an inspiring and efficient team leader with proficient conducting skills and the ability to engage and enthuse people across all levels of an organisation.

Satisfactory DBS clearance and the ability to work across locations, occasionally at unsocial hours, will also be necessary.

Salary: £30,000 per annum.
Deadline for applications: 10.00am, Friday 16th June 2017
Interviews: In Leeds weeks commencing 3rd and 10th July 2017

Orchestral Education Leader Job Description

Application Documents: 
Application Form | Diversity Form
Application Guidance Notes | Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Please submit your application to, and also use this address if you have any queries about the recruitment process or access needs with making an application.

2017/18 Pettman DARE Fellowships

The Pettman DARE Scholarship programme is delivered through DARE, a unique partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds in the UK; providing an early career for professionals in music engagement with the opportunity to undertake an intensive year of practice-led research before progressing to the next stage in their career.

Our 2017/18 Pettman DARE Fellowships are now open for applications.

The two Fellowships will run September 2017-August 2018 and are in:

  • Music Education Project Management
  • Music Education Choral / Instrumental Delivery

Please visit the DARE website for more detailed information about the two Fellowships, including the Fellowship application form, deadline, shortlisting and interview dates, and funding. 

Alternatively, for further information or to register an interest please contact DARE manager Lesley Patrick at


As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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