LPO Junior Artists

LPO Junior Artists is an orchestral experience programme for talented young musicians from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in professional UK orchestras

The programme offers support, advice and professional insight to exceptional players of orchestral instruments, aged 15–19, and at a minimum Grade 7 playing standard. You become part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra family for a year, getting to know our musicians, staff and artists, as well as members of our New Talent schemes and former LPO Junior Artists.

“The experience you gain is invaluable, from working with LPO players to talking to panels with artists like Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Angel Blue, and going to the office to see what goes on behind the scenes was amazing!”

LPO Junior Artist 2016-17

LPO Junior Artists offers a range of activity designed to:

  • inspire, support and develop your musicianship
  • enhance important wider professional skills such as communication and audition technique provide experience and insights into the daily life of a professional orchestra, its artists and administration
  • increase knowledge about studying at conservatoire or pursuing alternative musical pathways pass on your own enthusiasm and love of music to a younger generation

By participating in the programme, Junior Artists gain a unique understanding of the LPO and the orchestral profession, develop their playing and musicianship, and increase their confidence around their next steps in the world of music.

We believe that talent is indiscriminate, yet people from certain backgrounds and communities continue to be under-represented in the orchestral sector. LPO Junior Artists aims to promote diversity and inclusivity in classical music as a whole, to lead eventually to a sector that is more reflective of the wider population.

LPO Junior Artists visit the Orchestra recording at Abbey Road studiosWhat is involved in the Programme?

Our Junior Artists take part in:

  • one-to-one instrumental sessions across the year with a player mentor from the LPO
  • insight sessions about the music profession with inspiring external guests professional
  • skills-building workshops
  • mock audition experience
  • ensemble performance projects
  • administrative work experience
  • visits to LPO rehearsals and concerts sessions with younger children to inspire the next generation of musicians


What is the time commitment over the year?

LPO Junior Artists activity is spread over around 14 days between September 2017 and July 2018. Most of the set programme will take place in half terms/holidays or Sundays in term time, and other parts of the scheme are scheduled in discussion with you (e.g. work experience, primary school visits). Some LPO concert visits may take place on a weekday evening. The full list of programme dates will be available by late May – please get in touch if you have any questions around this in the meantime.

How do I apply for LPO Junior Artists?

To apply, you need to make sure you are eligible in terms of musical experience and under-representation. You need to be considering studying music beyond school, and interested in finding out more about the orchestral profession.

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“It’s really useful working with my mentor... the way he approaches orchestral excerpts is really interesting for me to see, as he’s the one who actually plays them in the orchestra professionally.”

LPO Junior Artist 2016-17

LPO Junior Artists is generously supported by Virginia Slaymaker and an anonymous donor.