Applications open for 2023/24 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Emerging Musicians Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2023/24 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Emerging Musicians Fellowship. 

The annual Fellowship programme offers four musicians in the early stages of their orchestral careers an immersive experience of life in an orchestra, both on and off the stage.

In the 2023/24 season, the Fellows will undertake five residencies during five weeks spread over the course of a year. Notably, the Fellowship programme has no upper age limit.  

Fellows will be mentored by a Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musician and will rehearse and perform with the Orchestra, as well as chamber ensembles. Each Fellow will participate in a tailor-made training programme, including instrument lessons, to increase their understanding of professional orchestral life.

They will have full access to the pioneering Liverpool Philharmonic Musicians Performance and Wellbeing Programme, including physiotherapy, sports massage, injury prevention screening, audiology, and performance psychology. 

Fellows will participate in Liverpool Philharmonic’s award-winning Learning programmes such as In Harmony Liverpool, Music and Mental Health programme with NHS partners, and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company. Fellows will also build knowledge in various areas of the organisation, for example the music library, marketing, programming and fundraising departments.    

Sameeta Gahir, Principal Piccolo, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Lead Musician for the Emerging Musicians Fellowship, said, “Last year we received a fantasy ic response when we announced the launch of the Emerging Musicians Fellowship. The standard was very high and I’m excited to welcome applications for the second Fellowship cohort.  

“The Fellowship’s criteria has been designed to attract the widest talent pool possible. There is no upper age limit and we would particularly encourage applications from musicians whose backgrounds are underrepresented in professional UK orchestras.”  

Domingo Hindoyan, Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, said, “It is vital that we support, encourage and inspire the next generation of orchestral musicians and create opportunities for them to grow professionally. The Fellowship is a unique experience where Fellows will gain an invaluable insight into orchestral life both on and off the platform. 

“I am looking forward to welcoming the next Fellowship cohort to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall next season.” 

There are four places available for the 2023-24 Fellowship. We welcome applications from the following instruments: 

  • Strings: Cello, Double Bass 
  • Woodwind: Oboe, Cor Anglais with Oboe, Clarinet, Eb Clarinet and/or Bass Clarinet with Clarinet,  
  • Brass: Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba 

Applicants who are in part or full-time higher education who are committed to pursuing a career in orchestral music performance, those recently out of higher education who have not yet established their orchestral career, or individuals who are considering a career change, are all encouraged to apply. The RLPO is looking for creative and motivated people from a wide variety of backgrounds.  

The RLPO acknowledge that the orchestra and industry is not fully reflective of the diverse society in which we live. Therefore, at Round 1, they are taking Positive Action to prioritise applications from emerging musicians from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in UK orchestras.

Where applicants declare a protected characteristic (race, gender, socio-economic status, disability, or sexual orientation), and meet all the required criteria at Round 1 (including performance and supplementary criteria), these applicants will be guaranteed a live audition in Round 2. 

To apply for the Emerging Musicians Fellowship, please visit the Liverpool Philharmonic website:  for further details. 

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