Orchestra Principals & Sub-Principal

Opera North
Arts, Culture & Sport
Salary Details
£31,251 per annum-£34,883 per annum
Contract Type
Closing Date

Job Description

Committed to producing high quality work that informs, excites and entertains, the Orchestra of Opera North is looking for an experienced, dynamic and well-motivated musician to fill the roles of Principal 2nd Flute (doubling piccolo & alto as required) and Principal 2nd Trombone following the retirement of David Moseley and Robert Burtenshaw respectively, two of the Orchestra’s founder members as well as Sub-Principal No. 3 Cello. Knowledge of the operatic repertoire would be an advantage.

Principal Salary:  £34,883 per annum

Sub Principal Salary: £31,251 per annum

Deadline for Applications: Midday, 1st November 2021

Audition Dates: 22nd 23rd 29th November and w/c 6th December plus other dates tbc.
Auditions Info: The auditions 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 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. 

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Company Description

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.