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Support Emerging Musicians

Support Emerging Musicians Fellowships

Our Emerging Musicians Fellowship programme helps to attract and train a diverse range of outstanding orchestral musicians. We are aware of the many significant challenges that early career musicians can face in successfully establishing themselves in a highly competitive industry. We want to help remove barriers and focus on discovering and empowering new talent and potential.

Our Rushworth Composition Prize has seen new composers establish their careers and create incredible new music for our audiences, including music commissioned and performed at the BBC Proms. The Emerging Musicians Fellowship creates similar opportunities for emerging orchestral musicians.

Every year, the Fellowship immerses four musicians in every aspect of professional orchestral life. They rehearse and perform in the Orchestra, experience the incredible range of performance opportunities we provide across our ensembles and chamber music, work with the Youth Company and engage our local communities through In Harmony Liverpool and our NHS partnerships. Notably, the Fellowship was the first paid opportunity of its kind in the north of England. 

Our organisation is not only distinctive in our sector for the combination of our artistic and learning programmes, but also for the fact that so many of our musicians are deeply committed and involved in this wide-ranging work all year round, both on and off stage. The Fellowship is led by our Principal Piccolo (Sameeta Gahir), was created with a group of Orchestra players, and involves everyone in the Orchestra including our Chief Conductor, Domingo Hindoyan. 

This creates a unique and inspirational professional training ground to welcome aspiring new orchestral musicians and, with the help of our supporters, the Fellowship strengthens our commitment to nurturing the next generations of professional musicians and music creators long into the future.

The Fellowship supports all orchestral instruments, aiming to recruit one musician from each section of the orchestra (on a 2-year rotation):  

  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
  • Woodwind: Flute, Piccolo, Oboe or Cor Anglais, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon or Contrabassoon
  • Brass: French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
  • Percussion and Harp: Percussion and Timpani or Harp

Each musician is mentored by a member of the Orchestra and receives instrument lessons from another Orchestral musician. 

During their time in the Orchestra, each Fellow has full access to the pioneering Musicians’ Performance & Wellbeing Programme, including physiotherapy, sports massage, injury prevention screening, audiology, and performance psychology.  

We will recruit our next cohort of four musicians in Autumn 2022, with their Fellowship running from June 2023 through to June 2024. Please check back here for further information nearer to the time.

Each year, we are hoping to raise £5,000 per Fellow (£20,000 in total) so that we can deliver this programme to its full potential. Please consider making a donation in support of this life-changing Fellowship.



If you would like to make a donation over the phone or have any questions, please call 0151 210 2921.

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