LPO Junior Artists
The London Philharmonic Orchestra's annual orchestral experience programme for eight talented young musicians from backgrounds currently under-represented in professional UK orchestras. Applications for 2022/23 are now open!
We are delighted to be working with the following talented musicians in 2021/22:
- Vivek Dinesh Ramanan – violin
Oliver Simpson – cello
Brooke Simpson – double bass
Elise Furber – flute
Emily Burton – flute
Amalia Beeko – clarinet
Connor Huss – bassoon
Sophie Warner– percussion
About the programme
LPO Junior Artists is a free orchestral experience programme for talented young musicians from 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 8 playing standard. Junior Artists 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.
“A priceless opportunity which has broadened my knowledge of the music world.”LPO Junior Artist 2018/19
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
You can read more about the LPO Junior Artist programme from the perspective of one of our alumni here.
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.
“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
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.
What 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
- insight into the orchestra
- sessions with younger children to inspire the next generation of musicians through the Overture strand
What is the time commitment over the year?
LPO Junior Artists activity is spread over around 14 days between September and July each year. 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 participants (e.g. admin experience, Overture involvement). Some LPO concert visits may take place on a weekday evening.
How do I apply for LPO Junior Artists?
Applications for LPO Junior Artists 2022/23 are now closed.
Presenting LPO Junior Artists 2020/21...
We are delighted to share with you a filmed performance by the LPO Junior Artists 2020/21.
In June 2021, LPO Junior Artists rehearsed, introduced and performed a programme of music by Arvo Pärt, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Amy Beach, and Felix Mendelssohn. Conducted by Jonathan Bloxham, the Junior Artists played side-by-side with LPO players, members of the Foyle Future First Development Programme and Junior Artist alumni. The programme also includes the premiere of a commission by former LPO Young Composer Joshua Brown which the young musicians contributed to in creative workshops earlier this year.
LPO Junior Artists Performance 2020/21
At the beginning of June, LPO Junior Artists rehearsed, introduced and performed a programme of music by Arvo Pärt, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Amy Beach, and Felix Mendelssohn. Conducted by Jonathan Bloxham, the Junior Artists played side-by-side with LPO players, members of the Foyle Future First Development Programme and Junior Artist alumna. The programme also includes the premiere of a commission by former LPO Young Composer Joshua Brown which the young musicians contributed to in creative workshops earlier this year. Whilst we are unable to perform to a live audience this year, we are excited to share this filmed performance with you all.
“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
The LPO Junior Artists Programme is generously funded by The Victoria Wood Foundation, The Radcliffe Trust and The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.