Apply for Foyle Future Firsts

The London Philharmonic Orchestra's Foyle Future Firsts annual development programme bridges the transition period between college and the professional platform for up to 16 outstanding young musicians.

Foyle Future Firsts

Foyle Future Firsts 2018/19: applications now open



We are now welcoming applications for the LPO's Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme 2018/19.

Instruments accepted (1 place per instrument unless stated):
Violin (2 places available), viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone or bass trombone, tuba, percussion, harp, piano.

The Foyle Future First Development Programme is designed for UK-based musicians who have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate music performance degree or are able to perform to an equivalent standard. You should not apply if you are still undertaking your undergraduate degree in the academic year 2018-19. If you are in your final year and will have completed your undergraduate studies by September 2018 then you are eligible to apply.

If you do not have a performance degree but are able to perform to an equivalent standard then we require a written reference from your instrumental teacher to accompany your application. This can be downloaded here and must be submitted by the teacher by Friday 11 May 2018.

Applicants will also need to have the right to work in the UK as a performer - a right to study visa is not applicable. Unfortunately we are unable to support or sponsor visa applications.

Please read the following document before starting your application.

Foyle Future First Scheme Requirements


How to Apply

Applications must be made online: here
Deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Friday 18 May 2018.

If you have any queries regarding your application, please contact Emily Moss on 020 7840 4203 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please ensure that your application is fully completed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Application Process

- Friday 18 May 2018 – Applications close
- By the end of May – Invitations to audition, audition requirements and orchestral excerpts will be sent out by email. You are required to confirm that you will attend your audition.
- June–August – Auditions take place (see dates below)
- By the end of August – successful candidates will be contacted
- Mid-September 2018 – programme begins


Audition Dates

Please see below for Foyle Future First auditions dates. If you apply for the scheme please make sure you are available on the required date. Unfortunately, there is no flexibility to offer multiple dates or reschedule auditions. All auditions will take place in London.
We are unable to accept video auditions, as an important part of the selection process involves meeting all candidates.

Violin – Friday 3 August
Viola – Monday 16 July
Cello – Friday 29 June
Double Bass – Wednesday 1 August
Flute – Tuesday 10 July
Oboe – Wednesday 1 August
Clarinet – Tuesday 24 July
Bassoon – Wednesday 25 July
French Horn – Thursday 5 July
Trumpet – Wednesday 4 July
Trombone – Tuesday 26 June
Tuba – Thursday 2 August
Harp – Thursday 12 July
Piano – Tuesday 26 June
Percussion – Wednesday 4 July

If you have not heard from us by the end of May, then your application has not been successful. We regret that we cannot contact all unsuccessful candidates.


Applications will not be accepted after 11.59pm on Friday 18 May 2018.


Additional Information



We are able to offer each participant a training bursary of £1000. The Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is not a full-time course nor is it considered equivalent to employment by the Orchestra and participants are expected to be able to support themselves financially and undertake other work and/or continued study alongside their Future First commitments. As such the £1,000 training bursary is intended to help to cover basic travel and subsistence expenses across the year and is paid in 2 x £500 instalments, one at the start of the year and one on completion of the programme. The true cost of each place on the scheme is several thousand pounds per place, which is fully subsidised by our funders.

Please note that as a member of a training programme, we are unable to pay porterage for any musicians. Double bass, tuba and harp players need to be aware that they will be expected to bring their instruments to rehearsals and other programme events and will not be financially supported to do so.

If you have any queries regarding your application, please contact Emily Moss on 020 7840 4203 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The 2017/18 Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is generously funded by The Foyle Foundation with additional support from The Mercer's Company, Help Musicians UK, The Idlewild Trust and the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust.