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

Welcome Foyle Future Firsts 2020/21!

We are delighted this year to be working with the following talented musicians:

  • Inês Delgado – violin
    Claudia Tarrant-Matthews – violin 
    Abby Bowen – viola
    Alicja Kozak – cello
    Thomas Morgan – double bass
    Jagoda Krzemińska – 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


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 2020/21 Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is generously funded by the Foyle Foundation with additional support from the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust and the Fidelio Charitable Trust.