Pettman Dare Fellowships 2017/18

A year-long practice-based professional development programme with Opera North and University of Leeds.

2017/18 Fellowship programme is closed for applications.

The 2018/19 programme will open for applications in May 2018.

Find out what this year’s Fellows have been up to here.

The following relates to the 2017/18 programme and is for information only.



A Pettman Dare Fellowship provides early career 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.

As a post-graduate student at the University of Leeds the Fellow studies for a Post-Graduate Diploma.

Over half the time is spent actively involved at the heart of Opera North Education, working with the team on either the planning and project management of music education initiatives or in developing skills in the choral or instrumental delivery of activity in schools and community settings.

This is complemented by the study of relevant Masters-level modules at the University.

In addition to experience at two of the most significant music education and higher education institutions in the country, Fellows have back-office access to the Opera North production and performance programme and to the huge range of student activity at the University.

The Fellowship runs September 2017 – August 2018 each year.

One Fellowship is awarded to an EEA citizen and one to a New Zealand citizen. 

Callum Blackmore from Auckland New Zealand has been appointed and will spend the final two months (July and August) in New Zealand, supporting the development of Music Education activity with New Zealand Opera and the University of Auckland.

Ellie Jones has been appointed the EEA Fellow 2017/18.

The Scholarships are fully funded through the generous support of The Fellowships are fully funded through the generous support of Mrs Maureen Pettman and the late Professor Barrie Pettman through the Opera North Future Fund.  The Pettman Dare Scholarship programme is delivered through DARE, a unique partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds in the UK.  DARE is joined by New Zealand Opera and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. For further information or to register an interest please contact DARE manager Lesley Patrick,

For further information or to register an interest please contact DARE manager Lesley Patrick,

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