Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Emerging Musicians Fellowship

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has announced details of the Emerging Musicians Fellowship.

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

Applications are open now and close on Friday, 26 January 2022

In the 2022-23 season, 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 the period September 2022 – July 2023. Fellows will rehearse and perform alongside the Orchestra for three intensive weeks.   
Fellows will attend a two-day induction in Liverpool on 30 June – 1 July 2022. Fellows must be available for these dates to undertake the Fellowship. 

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 Orchestra, paired up according to agreed areas of musical development and interests (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 a minimum of nine instrument lessons with a musician from the orchestra to develop their skills as an instrumentalist and as an orchestral musician.   
  • Receive a tailor made training programme based on the Fellow’s aims outside of orchestral performance, as well as increasing understanding of how orchestral life works  
  • Attend cohort-wide training including how to do a successful audition, how to liaise with orchestra managers, how to present/improve CVs, orchestral etiquette and how a full-time orchestra schedule works, how to manage 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 the extensive Learning and Participation programme, and building knowledge in various areas of the organization, for example 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 2023-24 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 Musician, Head of Learning and other Liverpool Philharmonic staff.  

Who can apply?

They are recruiting four Fellows, one from each section of the orchestra, limited in the first year to the following instruments:  

  • Strings: Violin or Viola  
  • Woodwind: Flute, Piccolo, Bassoon or Contrabassoon  
  • Brass: French Horn or Trumpet  
  • Percussion and Timpani or Harp 

Instruments not listed here will be recruited for in the 2023-24 Fellowship, and will include Cello, Double Bass, Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, Cor Anglais, Trombone, Bass Trombone, and Tuba.

You will be an emerging orchestral musician who is performing at the standard required to play in a professional orchestra, and maybe: 

  • in part or full-time higher education with commitment to pursue orchestral music performance, or   
  • recently out of higher education but not yet established in orchestral career, or  
  • considering a career change/ move into orchestral work;
  • have not yet established an orchestral career .

You must be able to demonstrate the right to work in the UK. Applicants should be aged 18+ on Thursday, 30 June 2022, with no upper age limit.

For further information and to apply, please see