The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts annual development programme helps to bridge the transition period between college and the professional platform for up to 16 outstanding young musicians.
Instruments accepted (1 place per instrument unless stated)
Violin (2 places), viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone or bass trombone, tuba, percussion, harp, piano.
How to apply
Please read the guidelines below before making your online application.
The application deadline is 23:59 on Monday 27 May 2013
If you have any queries regarding your application, please contact the Education and Community Department on 020 7840 4203 or email email@example.com
Please ensure that your application is fully completed. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
The Foyle Future Firsts Programme is designed for musicians with undergraduate or postgraduate performance degrees. You should not apply if you are still undertaking your undergraduate degree in 2013/14.
If you do not have a performance degree but are able to perform to an equivalent standard, we require a written reference from your instrumental teacher to accompany your application. This can be downloaded below and must be submitted by the applicant’s instrumental teacher by the application deadline of Monday 27 May 2013.
In order to participate in the scheme, you must have the right to work in the UK as a performer between September 2013 and August 2014. The scheme is therefore open to all EU passport holders and musicians from outside of the EU with the relevant visa. Right to study does not necessarily give right to work. Please ensure you hold the necessary visa if required.
If your application is successful, you will be required to show proof of your eligibility to work in the UK. If you are unable to supply a copy of the necessary documents you will not be accepted onto the Foyle Future Firsts Programme.
The Foyle Future Firsts Programme was established by the London Philharmonic Orchestra as a vehicle to promote the transition of British Conservatoire graduates from college into the profession. As part of this process members may get the opportunity to undertake paid sessions with the Orchestra in addition to the core aspects of the scheme. As such, we cannot support or sponsor visa applications from applicants from outside the EU.
As part of the Foyle Future Firsts Programme, we are able to offer each participant a small bursary of £1000. There is no financial support for travel or accommodation for Foyle Future Firsts participants. We require all Foyle Future Firsts participants to be present in the UK for the full year, and to attend all opportunities offered, of which the majority are unpaid. The bursary does not equate to employment by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Please note that as a member of an apprenticeship programme, we are unable to pay porterage for any musicians. Double bass, tuba, percussion and harp players need to be aware that they will be expected to bring their instruments to rehearsals and other programme events and will not be financially supported to do so.
Auditions will be held between 28 June and 13 August.
The audition requirements will be sent to successful applicants.
We will hold one day of auditions per instrument. If you are offered an audition the date will be inflexible.
If you have not heard from us by the end of June, then your application has not been successful. We are sorry that we cannot contact all unsuccessful candidates.
By 14 June – Invitations to audition, audition requirements and orchestral excerpts will be sent out by email. You are required to confirm that you will attend your audition.
Late June/July – Auditions take place
By 13 August – Successful applicants will be contacted.
Mid September 2013 – Programme begins
We are working to achieve diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
Applications will not be accepted after 23:59 on Monday 27 May 2013.
Applications must be made online.
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The Foyle Future Firsts Programme is generously funded by The Foyle Foundation.