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 17 outstanding young musicians.

Foyle Future Firsts

Applications for Foyle Future Firsts 2020/21 are now closed

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. 

In consideration of the current covid-19 situation we will be running auditions by video submission and phone interview this year. Further details will be communicated directly to shortlisted candidates in due course.


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..
  • 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 two chamber performanes at the Royal Festival Hall, and in our annual concert, Debut Sounds, featuring new works from the parallel LPO Young Composers programme.
  • 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.


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The 2019/20 Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is generously funded by the Foyle Foundation with additional support from the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, The Fidelio Charitable Trust, the Idlewild Trust and the Thriplow Charitable Trust.