Experience Opportunity

Opera North Youth Orchestra

The Opera North Youth Orchestra (ONYO) is a pre-professional ensemble in the North of England for career-minded instrumentalists in sixth form and university. It serves to help dedicated young musicians transition from further or higher education into the professional world of music.

Drawing inspiration from the orchestral and opera work of Opera North, the Youth Orchestra will prepare and perform two programs of challenging repertoire each academic year. Rehearsing in the Orchestra of Opera North rehearsal studios, the Youth Orchestra will provide opportunities to learn the musical and non-musical intricacies of working within a high-level orchestra whilst further experience with orchestral and operatic repertoire.

Members will benefit from mentorship from the musicians and artistic team of Opera North, in addition to connecting with a variety of professional orchestral and opera conductors. The Opera North Youth Orchestra is designed to complement participants’ existing study schedule, rehearsing on selected weekends over a two month programme period twice per academic year.


6th form and university (undergraduate) aged young musicians from the north of England who play an orchestral instrument at grade 8 level or higher.

We are seeking applications for the following instruments to join the orchestra in the 2024/25 season:

• Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon
• Brass: Horn
• Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

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