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 2017/18: applications now closed


Application update

Applications for the LPO's Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme are now closed. We will be opening applications for 2018/19 in spring 2018 - please check these pages for updates.

If you have any queries regarding your 2017/18 application, please contact Lucy Sims on 020 7840 4203 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application Process 2017/18

Thursday 11 May - 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 / July / August – Auditions take place (see below for details).
No later than Friday 11 August – Successful applicants will be contacted.  
Mid September 2017 – Programme begins.

Audition Dates

Please see below for Foyle Future First auditions dates. The auditions are scheduled around the Orchestra's very limited availability and require much time and planning, as well as significant costs. As such we are unable to offer multiple audition dates for the same instrument. If you apply for the scheme please make sure you will be available on the required date. We are unable to accept video auditions as an important part of the selection process involves meeting all candidates.

Audition requirements will be sent to successful applicants.

Monday 26 June - Harp
Monday 26 June - Trumpet
Thursday 29 June - Flute
Monday 3 July - Cello
Monday 3 July - Double Bass
Monday 3 July - Piano
Tuesday 18 July - Tuba
Thursday 20 July - Violin
Thursday 20 July - Percussion
Friday 21 July - Trombone
Friday 21 July - Oboe
Wednesday 26 July - Bassoon
Wednesday 26 July - Horn
Monday 31 July - Viola
Tuesday 8 August - Clarinet

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.


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The 2016/17 Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is generously funded by The Foyle Foundation with additional support from Help Musicians UK, the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust and the Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust.