The Big Give 2018 Christmas Challenge

Tuesday 27 Nov - Tuesday 4 Dec

We are thrilled to have been selected for ‘matched funding’ as part of The Big Give 2018 Christmas Challenge. This means donations we receive during the campaign can be doubled, which makes a huge difference to our fundraising.

As you might have heard, we're partnering with Gallions Primary School in Newham to create a new opera for 3-5-year-olds, based on Jill Murphy's much-loved picture book, Peace At Last, which has been delighting families for generations.

We will put the imaginations of children at the heart of our work. Our cast and creative team will be running music-making workshops with the children at Gallions to contribute to the creative development of the opera.

Peace at Last will premiere at Gallions’ Summer Festival in July 2019, followed by a national tour of schools and theatres.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge accepts donations from £5, and our selection for matched funding provides incredible opportunity to bring Peace At Last to many more children around the country.

Please support this project if you can.

Work With Us: Trainee Producer

We are offering on-the-job training with OperaUpClose’s paid (London Living Wage) Trainee Producer Programme, to give young people the skills they need to pursue career in the arts.

Working from offices in London, you’ll be part of a small team dedicated to touring high quality opera across the UK and beyond. The programme offers valuable experience in a professional producing company, mentoring from an experienced producer, the opportunity to take responsibility for projects, to make mistakes in a supportive environment, to learn from those mistakes, and to make key contacts in the performing arts industry. The trainees also have additional training and support from our Artistic Director/ Chief Exec, and Trustees throughout the programme, with the hope to successfully find employment in the arts, once they graduate.

What does a Producer do?
During the programme, you will work side-by-side with our Producer to deliver OperaUpClose’s new English version of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (or Mary, Queen of Scots), which will open in April 2019. Through this work, you will gain an understanding in four key areas: finance, general management, company management and press & marketing. A more detailed breakdown of this is included on the application pack.

OperaUpClose is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We are particularly keen hear from people who may have been discouraged from applying for other arts internships for financial reasons. We encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled candidates.

Bursary: £357 p/week (i.e. London Living Wage)

Contract: This is a full-time training programme, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, for 16 weeks.

Applications: Please send in your CV and either (1) a short video recording (max 3 minutes) or (2) a written application (max 400 words) telling us about yourself. Below are some questions you can refer to:

  • Why are you interested in the role?

  • What skills and experience do you already have that might benefit you during the programme? (Note, you don’t need to have experience of working in the arts before, but we would like to see that you are passionate about the arts, be that music, theatre, dance etc)

  • How would this programme support you with your future career plans?

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact our Producer on 0203 176 7823 or

Please email you CV and video (either youtube link or mp4 file) or written application to with ‘Trainee Producer Application’ as the subject line.

Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 26 November 2018.  

Interviews: Tuesday 4 December 2018.

Programme to run: Monday 14 January to Friday 3 May. Start date can be flexible.

For more information on the role and how to apply, please click here.