LPO Junior Artists 2017

Junior Artists

We are delighted to announce our new LPO Junior Artists Programme, an orchestral experience programme for talented young musicians from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in professional UK orchestras.

The LPO Junior Artists Programme aims to respond to the lack of diversity among UK professional orchestral musicians and within their administrations, by offering support, advice and professional insight to under-represented students of Grade 7 or above standard, aged 15-19, who are considering studying music at a music conservatoire or university.

Eight Junior Artists have been recruited for this pilot year with full activities running from January to June 2017.

'The LPO Junior Artists Programme is the logical extension of the Orchestra’s education work across South London that for many years has brought world-class musicians and educators to schools across the region, and our professional development schemes such as Foyle Future Firsts. The LPO believes that it has a duty to provide pathways into the profession for talented young players from all backgrounds. Everyone at the LPO looks forward to watching the progress of our first eight musicians on the scheme and planning on its expansion from autumn 2017.' Timothy Walker, CEO

The general aims of the LPO Junior Artists Programme are to:

  • Demystify the orchestral sector and open up networking routes.
  • Enhance skills by working with assigned mentors from the ranks of the LPO.
  • Support the wider context of promoting diversity and inclusion by creating role models and stimulating wider initiatives at the LPO and throughout the sector.

The pilot programme running from January 2017 will include:

  • Instrumental sessions with an LPO music mentor, working on specific areas of playing and professional skills.
  • Sessions with inspiring external mentors and guest artists.
  • Mock audition experience.
  • Administrative work experience in the LPO office.
  • Visits to LPO rehearsals and concerts to observe professional working processes, interact with members of the orchestra, mentors and artists, and learn more about core orchestral repertoire.
  • Working with an associated primary school class, to inspire an even younger generation of new musicians.

Watch this space for details about our Junior Artists and what they are getting up to from January 2017.