Foyle Future Firsts

Foyle Future Firsts

Applications are now closed for Foyle Future Firsts 2019/20.


About the programme

Our annual programme is designed to nurture and develop talented orchestral players, forming the base for future orchestral appointments to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and other world-class orchestras and ensembles.

Foyle Future First members are given the opportunity to:

  • Rehearse Play alongside professionals in London Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsals throughout the year.
  • Study Have lessons with London Philharmonic Orchestra Principals.
  • Support Receive advice and mentoring from their LPO Principal.
  • Audition Improve audition skills and etiquette throughout the year, culminating in Mock Auditions in front of a panel of LPO Principals.
  • Observe Attend London Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsals.
  • Inspire Develop skills in creative leadership alongside London Philharmonic Orchestra players as part of the Education and Community Programme.
  • Perform Perform side-by-side with London Philharmonic Orchestra members in our culmination concert, Debut Sounds, at a top London venue at the end of the year; a highlight of the calendar that fuses exciting chamber orchestra repertoire with new works from the LPO's Young Composers scheme.
  • Hear Discounted or free tickets for all London Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.


The Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is not a full-time course nor is it considered equivalent to employment by the Orchestra. A bursary of £1000 is offered to each participant with the expectation that participants are able to support themselves financially and undertake other work and/or continued study alongside their Future First committments.


Meet the members for 2018/19:

  • Violins:  Mathilde Gheorghiu and Eleonora Consta
    Viola:  Rebecca Stubbs
    Cello:  Daniel Benn
    Double Bass: Joseph Cowie
    Flute:  Anna Kondrashina
    Oboe:  Imogen Davies
    Clarinet:  Elliot Gresty
    Bassoon:  Emma Westley
    Horn:  Alexander Willett
    Trumpet:  Adam Stockbridge
    Trombone:  Benny Vernon
    Tuba:  Christopher Claxton
    Piano:  Imma Setiadi
    Percussion:  Laura Bradford
    Harp:  Anna Astesano


2019/20 Applications

Applications are now closed for Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme 2019/20. 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 2018-19 Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is generously funded by The Foyle Foundation with additional support from The Mercers' Company and The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust.