Summer camp for youngsters

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Young musicians can spend part of their summer holidays playing with some of the region’s finest performers as Opera North holds its first Orchestra Camp.

Held in partnership with the School of Music at the University of Leeds, the camp is open to young people aged 10 and above who already play an orchestral instrument.

Dr Karen Burland, head of the School of Music, said: “All the pupils who attend Orchestra Camp are potentially the musicians of the future and we look forward to welcoming them to the School of Music and hopefully inspiring them to continue their music studies. Some of our own students will be actively involved and will experience at first hand the pleasure - and challenges - engaging younger players with music can bring.”

The camp will run at the School of Music from August 22 to 26. String players can be at any grade, while woodwind and brass players should be studying at grade 3 or above. Three of the days will also be suitable for percussionists.

During the week, participants will take part in instrumental activities, singing sessions and drama and movement workshops, exploring all aspects of musicianship.

The youngsters will also get the chance to rehearse with members from the Orchestra of Opera North before playing with the full orchestra at the end of the week in a performance conducted by Martin Pickard at the James Graham Great Hall, Leeds Beckett University.

The theme of the Orchestra Camp has been inspired by Billy Budd.

Jacqui Cameron, Opera North education director, said: “We’re aiming to provide an environment for young people to develop both musically and socially, performing alongside extraordinary professionals, forging new friendships – and having fun.

“We very much hope this Orchestra Camp won’t be a one-off.”