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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Emerging Musicians Fellowship

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Emerging Musicians Fellowship

What is the Fellowship? 

The Fellowship is a development opportunity for emerging orchestral musicians, offering an immersive experience with a fee of £2,000.

Four Fellows will be immersed within the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, undertaking five patches of inductions, rehearsals, performances, training (musical and non-musical) and education work, during four weeks spread over one full season. Fellows will rehearse and perform alongside the Orchestra for three intensive weeks.   

The Fellowship will culminate in a final wrap week, including an exit audition (to join our regular extras list, or for ongoing development), a more intimate chamber performance alongside other Fellows, and events to welcome the next cohort of Fellows.  


Fellows will:  

  • Be partnered with a mentor from their section within the Orchestra, chosen according to agreed areas of musical development and interest (musical genre and areas of work off-stage, such as chamber/education). Fellows will meet regularly with their mentors throughout the season, who will support their growth on and off the platform.   
  • Receive instrument lessons from an Orchestra member, developing their skills as an instrumentalist and an orchestral musician.   
  • Receive a tailor-made training programme based on their aims outside of orchestral performance, as well as increasing understanding of how orchestral life works.  
  • Attend cohort-wide training, including sessions on auditioning, liaising with orchestra managers, presenting/improving CVs, orchestral etiquette and schedules, and managing a portfolio career.  
  • Have full access to the pioneering Liverpool Philharmonic Musicians Performance and Wellbeing Programme, including physiotherapy, sports massage, injury prevention screening, audiology, and performance psychology.  
  • Be immersed in all the Orchestra does, including gaining practical experience within our extensive Learning and Participation programme. They’ll also build knowledge in various other areas of the organization, such as the music library, marketing, programming and fundraising departments.   
  • Become ambassadors of the Fellowship, representing Liverpool Philharmonic at a community, local and national level during and after their Fellowship.  
  • Be involved in welcoming the next cohort of Fellows.  
  • Be encouraged to come to concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
  • Play an integral role in the ongoing evaluation of the Fellowship, through regular meetings with Mentors, Lead Musicians, the Head of Learning and other Liverpool Philharmonic staff.  

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2022 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Emerging Musicians Fellowship are now closed. Applications for the 2023 intake will be live in the autumn.

If you have any additional queries, please review the FAQs below, or contact Nikita Richmond, Learning Projects Coordinator (Nikita.Richmond@liverpoolphil.com or call 0151 210 2904) 

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