Young Professionals

The continuation of great orchestral playing is at the core of our learning programmes, which is why we work with the next generation of orchestral musicians through our partnerships with the Southbank Sinfonia, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Northern College of Music. We also run a Front Row scheme for 16-25 year olds, offering young people exclusive opportunities to engage with the Academy.


Side By Side with Southbank Sinfonia

For over a decade, players from the Academy have been mentoring the orchestral players of the future, working side by side with members of Southbank Sinfonia. This training ensemble provides performance and collaborative opportunities for young players making the transition from studying at a conservatoire to playing for a professional orchestra.

The Academy is Southbank Sinfonia’s chamber orchestra partner, and as such provides distinctive training for the young ensemble in the performance of chamber repertoire, communicating and working effectively as an ensemble, and making artistic decisions. The members work in the spirit of the Academy orchestra, performing without a conductor as a collaborative ensemble. The project promotes musical entrepreneurism and refines the fundamental attributes required of prospering ensemble musicians, ensuring that Southbank Sinfonia members are equipped for a career in the orchestral sector.


Side By Side with Guildhall School of Music and Drama

The Academy launched a new partnership with the Guildhall in 2014, visiting the conservatoire three times a year. Working with their orchestral artistry students, the Academy provides opportunities for students to visit rehearsals and see how the Academy musicians approach repertoire, before trying it themselves through one of our repertoire workshops.


Side By Side with Royal Northern College of Music

Beginning in 2015, the Academy is excited to be launching a new partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music. Our collaboration will include an annual two-day residency, working side by side with the whole orchestra, followed by the opportunity for two RNCM string players to become Academy trainee musicians for the year. The trainees will be mentored by Academy players on the artistic, professional and practical aspects of becoming an Academy musician, and the mentees will have the chance to perform with the Academy orchestra.


Front Row Scheme

Our Front Row scheme for students and under 25s gives young people who are passionate about classical music an exclusive opportunity to engage with the Academy. By subscribing to our Front Row mailing list, members are offered exclusive opportunities to attend open rehearsals, join our musicians and soloists in Google Hangouts, and to purchase front-row tickets to the majority of the Academy’s London and UK concerts for just £5.

Click here to join our Front Row mailing list to receive ticket reminders and exclusive Front Row event invitations.

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