London Philharmonic expands its Junior Artists scheme for under-represented students

The LPO have announced that their Junior Artists scheme – a year-long opportunity of lessons, mentoring, training and work experience for 15-19 year-olds – is to be expanded to include 11-14 year olds.

LPO Junior Artists promotes diversity and inclusion among UK professional orchestral musicians and within their administrations. Applicants need to have Grade seven or above – intention to study music at University or conservatoire.

Seven students (pictured above) took part in the pilot phase of the programme, participating in mock auditions, concert and rehearsal visits, and various discussions with leading soloists.

Now moving into its second year, the LPO Junior Artists for 2017/18 will have the opportunity to receive tailored lessons, mentoring, training and work experience. They’ll also gain vital audition and motivation experience, watch rehearsals, and gain administration experience too. The second year scheme gets underway in September of this year.

The LPO have always been a good bunch for giving things a try. Back in 1996, it’s education department established the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, an orchestra quite a few conservatoire musicians I knew actively sought out opportunities to play in. Concert reviews were a little harsh, but other orchestras followed suit, pursuing similar experiences for student musicians.

LPO Junior Artists: Overture is for 11-14 year olds, giving them the chance to meet the Orchestra, develop their skills and help them shape their plans for a route into professional music-making. Three ‘Overture Weekend Days’ will be staged in Brighton and London.

LPO Junior Artists is funded by Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation (who last week confirmed a commitment to support the scheme by £30,000 over three years), The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust and the UK Friends of the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Foundation.

Find out more about the LPO Junior Artists scheme.

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