Association of British Orchestras

Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North

Opera North Salary commensurate with experience Closing date 01 October 2021
A founder member of the Orchestra of Opera North and now the longest-serving Orchestra Leader in Europe following 43 1⁄2 years in post, David Greed will step down at the end of summer 2022.

Opera North is therefore looking for an outstanding, experienced, dynamic and well-motivated musician to become the next Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North and help to drive the artistic future of the organisation.

The Orchestra of Opera North holds a unique place amongst British orchestras. Universally praised by audiences and critics alike, the orchestra is the only ensemble in the country to have a year-round dual role in the opera house and concert hall.

The Orchestra plays a significant part in the major concert series of the region, including working with Kirklees Council to curate a ground-breaking collaboration which has resulted in the Kirklees Concert Season based in Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls.

Important relationships with Leeds International Concert Season, Leeds Town Hall and Leeds City Council see the Orchestra performing regular concerts of major symphonic repertoire, gala concerts and collaborating with the region’s choral societies. It is the resident orchestra for the Leeds Conductors Competition and plays in Leeds University’s International Concert Season annually.

The Orchestra of Opera North works closely with the Education department to develop the skills of young musicians, connect with new audiences and perform family-friendly concerts.

Auditions Info: The audition will consist of 2 rounds, the first of which will be screened. Those applicants invited to stay for the second round will be heard on the same day. More information about the audition process will be circulated to those shortlisted applicants. Further audition dates may be scheduled if it becomes necessary, but Opera North cannot guarantee additional dates being offered.

The post will be offered subject to satisfactory DBS clearance and proof of the right to work.

For an application pack, please visit the ON website.

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