Hannah Dilworth, education producer

 1 August 2012

Hannah Dilworth is an education producer at Opera North, having started there an an admin assistant.

"Start getting experience early, so that once you have finished studying, you have a bank of people to contact, and additions to your CV!"

Hometown?

I'm from Leeds.

What job do you do? 

I'm an Education Producer at Opera North.

What previous jobs have you done?

My first role in live music was stewarding at concerts whilst at university.

I started at Opera North in the General Director's office as the admin assistant. I then moved to the Education department. 

"I get to see a great deal of live music!"

I have always been interested in music education. At first I thought I might go into teaching. However, after researching for my university dissertation, which focussed on the positive impact music can have on communities, I knew that I wanted to work for an education department in an arts organisation.

I also play the flute, and often play in amateur shows and opera. I've played with the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, who rehearse once a week and perform about 8-10 concerts per year. I also like to sing. I led a children's choir at church for a few years before university. I occasionally deliver music workshops for 0-4 year olds and their parents with a friend of mine.

What qualifications do you have? 

I have a music degree from the University of Leeds. 

What do you do at work? 

As a project manager, my job involves the planning of projects. I make decisions on who we are going to work with, and who is going to deliver the work. I might also go along to these projects and take part. When a project is complete, I work on an evaluation report. 

My day can be office-based, checking emails and preparing projects, but it can also take me out into a school or community who are taking part in creative workshops.

What is the best thing about your job? 

Working for a professional opera company means I regularly get to see a great deal of live music. Opera North doesn't just produce opera, and I love being able to experience different kinds of live music.

I also love bringing project participants to the opera for the first time, and seeing their reaction to it. (I also enjoy seeing the audience reaction when we bring a group of schoolchildren to sit next to them in the auditorium!)

How do I get into music?

Get as much experience as you can. Start getting experience early, so that once you have finished studying, you have a bank of people to contact, and additions to your CV!


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