Support Emerging Musicians Fellowships
Our annual Emerging Musicians Fellowship programme aims to attract and train a diverse range of outstanding orchestral musicians at the beginning of their career. 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.
Notably, the Fellowship programme is the first paid opportunity of its kind in the North of England.
The 2022/23 placement is currently underway. The four musicians appointed as Fellows for the 2022/23 season are:
Our four Fellows are spending their year-long placement immersed in every aspect of professional orchestral life including rehearsals, performances, work with our Youth Company, and engagement in our outreach projects through In Harmony Liverpool and our NHS partnerships.
Each musician is currently being mentored by a member of the Orchestra as well as having instrument lessons from another Orchestra member.
The Fellows also have full access to our pioneering Musicians’ Performance & Wellbeing Programme, including physiotherapy, sports massage, injury prevention screening, audiology, and performance psychology.
“The programme is giving me all of the training and tools that a modern musician needs, and I feel well prepared and confident as I start to forge a career.” Matthew Brett, Percussion, Emerging Musicians Fellow 2022-23In June, their Fellowship will culminate with a final wrap week including an intimate chamber performance and events to welcome the next cohort of Fellows.
Applications for the 2023-24 Fellowship are now closed. Click below for further updates on the application process.
Angus Bain recently completed his Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music and has since started freelancing around the UK. On his appointment, he said:
“I applied for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Fellowship in order to work with and get to know a group of excellent professional musicians whilst honing my playing in orchestral, chamber and audition environments. I am also really looking forward to getting involved with the various educational projects on offer, learning more about the organisational side of the orchestra, and exploring the benefits of the performance and wellbeing programme.”
Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) alumnus Rachael Watson is currently in her first year of the “Orchestral Artistry” Master’s course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She said:
“I am thrilled to have received a place on the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Emerging Musicians Fellowship programme, and I am excited to continue my development by gaining further experience of working in a professional environment, learning new repertoire and building a relationship with the Orchestra.”
Cameron Chin-See, from Wolverhampton, studies at the RNCM and has won the Principal Trumpet seat in the RNCM Symphony Orchestra. He said:
“I was enticed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra fellowship as it opens up the opportunity to work with a world-class orchestra on a scale no other scheme allows. I am excited to work with the wonderful Orchestra brass section and with such renowned conductors as Domingo Hindoyan and Vasily Petrenko.”
Cheshire-born Matthew Brett studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He said:
“I applied to the Emerging Musicians Fellowship not only with the aim of developing my personal playing skills, but also to gain an invaluable, behind-the-scenes insight into the life and work of a professional musician. I’m really thrilled to have this opportunity to develop into a young professional and learn from some of the best!”
Sameeta Gahir, Principal Piccolo, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Lead Musician for the Emerging Musicians Fellowship, said:
“Following the launch of the Emerging Musicians Fellowship earlier this year, we received hundreds of excellent applications from musicians across the country. The standard was incredibly high and we thank all applicants for taking the time to put themselves forward. I’m thrilled to welcome Angus, Rachael, Cameron and Matthew to Liverpool Philharmonic and I’m looking forward to working with them this season.”
Each year, we are hoping to raise £5,000 per Fellow (£20,000 in total) so that we can deliver this unique 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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