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English National Opera

Updated: 07 November 2023 | 17:49 PM

Agreements between English National Opera (ENO) and Musicians' Union (MU) for employed and freelance orchestral players.

Rates of pay for freelance players effective from 1 August 2022

The following shall be the minimum rates (inclusive of statutory holiday pay at 12.07% and a £15 media fee) to be paid to a Musician engaged by the Company to perform for opera, ballet, music theatre, concerts and media work:

Opera fees per session (up to 3 hours)

Tutti Sub-Principal Co-Principal Principal Section Principal
£120.97 £127.48 £141.64 £147.81 £154.31

Concert rates

Two sessions of up to 3 hours each on the same day, either a concert with or without a rehearsal or two rehearsals.

Tutti Sub-Principal Co-Principal Principal Section Principal
£139.40 £148.50 £166.65 £174.50 £192.15

Distance / travel (Outside Transport for London Zone 3)

Distance (where transport or travel fare is provided) Travel (where transport is NOT provided)
17p per mile 36p per mile

Late return

midnight - 12:30am 12:30 - 1:00am 1:00 - 2:00am
£5.00 £10.00 £15.00


Contact details

Assistant Orchestra Manager: Cath Welsby

ENO, London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 9354

MU Stewards: Glen Sheldon and Rosie Staniforth

MU H&S Representatives: Simon Couzens and Andrew Sutton