Foyle Future Firsts

The London Philharmonic Orchestra's Foyle Future Firsts annual development programme bridges the transition between Education and the professional platform for outstanding orchestral musicians

Foyle Future Firsts

The disruption of the pandemic prevented the 2020/21 Future First cohort from taking full advantage of opportunities to work closely with the Orchestra last year, so we are delighted that it has been possible for the group to continue on the scheme throughout the 2021/22 season. Additionally, to ensure that the benefits of the scheme are spread as widely as possible, some of the reserve participants from 2020/21 have become Foyle Future First Associate members, taking part in a selection of activity alongside the Foyle Future Firsts. 

We are working with the following talented musicians over the 2021/22 season:

  • Foyle Future Firsts 2021/22

    Inês Delgado – violin
    Claudia Tarrant-Matthews – violin 
    Abby Bowen – viola
    Pedro Silva – cello
    Thomas Morgan – double bass
    Lucy Driver – flute
    Bernice Lee – oboe
    Isha Crichlow – clarinet
    Emily Newman – bassoon
    Flora Bain – horn
    Nick Walker– trumpet
    Merin Rhyd – trombone
    Adam Collins – tuba
    Fionnuala Ward – piano
    Alis Huws – harp
    Iolo Edwards – percussion
    Luke Taylor – timpani


  • Foyle Future First Associates 2021/22

    Sophie Philips – violin
    Julia Doukakis – viola
    Alicja Kozak – cello
    Richard English – double bass
    Eleanor Sullivan – oboe
    Lewis Graham– clarinet
    Shing To Mak (Hugo)– bassoon
    Timothy Doyle – horn
    Elliot Phelps – trumpet
    David Pitts – trombone
    Aled Meredith-Barret – tuba
    Hebba Benyaghla – piano
    Esther Beyer – harp
    Harry Lovell-Jones – percussion


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About the programme

Our annual Foyle Future Firsts 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 chamber performances 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 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 Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is generously funded by the Foyle Foundation with additional support from the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust and The Thriplow Charitable Trust.