Trust support - Foyle Foundation

Foyle Future Firsts supported by The Foyle Foundation

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Foyle Future Firsts is our apprenticeship programme for emerging orchestral musicians. As a major employer of artists and musicians from the UK we take seriously our responsibility to develop and nurture the very best young players emerging from the conservatoire system. Their talents will define the quality of British music making over the next four decades. Supported by the Foyle Foundation since its inception, Future Firsts is now preparing to enter its ninth full season and remains focussed on helping the most promising young musicians bridge the gap between formal training and entry into the profession. Up to 16 participants, who are recent graduates or taking post-graduate performance studies, are accepted onto the programme each year through competitive audition. Each participant takes part in a wide variety of activities with the LPO including side-by-side rehearsal sit-ins with the LPO at the Royal Festival Hall and Glyndebourne; mentoring and private lessons on orchestral repertoire from our musicians; experience assisting on education and community projects; opportunities to perform chamber music; the chance to work with our Leverhulme Young Composers; and a bursary to assist them with travel and living costs. In short the Future Firsts year is a perfect introduction to the portfolio career of the twenty-first century professional musician and its alumni are now members of orchestras across the UK and worldwide, including the LPO itself.

The Foyle Foundation has supported Foyle Future Firsts since it began, providing leadership funding to ensure that almost 150 talented musicians have been able to take part. Its long-term three year funding cycles have ensure stability for the scheme and have attracted other funders who now recognise this as an industry-leading programme which offers a wide range of experience to its beneficiaries.

"It was vital to support Foyle Future Firsts from the outset as a long term initiative, as it clearly set out to bridge a gap in training provision. It has been a delight to witness how the scheme has been refined and improved in the light of experience and to watch it grow into a respected professional development programme for conservatoire graduates. The London Philharmonic Orchestra's approach ensures that emerging musicians are equipped with the skills and confidence to find their way in a difficult postgraduate landscape and we are pleased to see our investment paying dividends in the form of a skilled musical workforce for Great Britain in the future". David Hall, Foyle Foundation

We are also grateful to Musicians Benevolent Fund, The Fidelio Charitable Foundation, The Tillett Trust and the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music for their support of Foyle Future Firsts this year.

Further information on Foyle Future Firsts