Applications closed on 2 July 2018, but the information below remains on this page as a reference to those who applied.
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How are you planning to establish your career as a musician?
Every year, we invite 33 players from all over the world to be part of Southbank Sinfonia, undertaking an intensive nine-month fellowship designed to prepare you for all aspects of professional musical life. We are looking for musicians who not only have talent but dedication, team spirit, imagination and willingness to explore and embrace new ideas.
Running from early February to early November 2019, Southbank Sinfonia is an intensive programme that on average will occupy you about four days a week. This always includes three core days from Tuesday to Thursday, though we have a number of concerts and opportunities that arise on other days and provide players with a full list of these ‘dates to note’ when they first join. Some weeks entail just three days; some entail more. Nonetheless, we always strive to ensure you have time almost every week to build other aspects of your career and pursue professional work.
In return for your commitment to the programme, Southbank Sinfonia promises you the opportunity to:
In the words of Mark van de Wiel, Principal Clarinet of the Philharmonia and London Sinfonietta, ‘the level of confidence, skill and musical awareness which they gain in a short time with Southbank Sinfonia is extraordinary. I’d strongly recommend it to any young player embarking on an orchestral career.’
There is no fee to be part of Southbank Sinfonia: every place is free, and it’s free to apply too. Furthermore, every player is awarded a bursary to help towards the cost of living in London which players supplement with income from their own performing and teaching activities. In 2018, the bursary is £8,300.
To be eligible, you should play one of the following orchestral instruments to a high standard and have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate music degree either at music college or university, or achieved an equivalent musical qualification.
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Percussion
Please note, it is generally not possible to undertake the programme while still studying.
Applications for 2019 are now closed. The information on this page will remain live as a reference to those who have applied.
Below you can find out more about life at Southbank Sinfonia and read some Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any further queries about the programme or the audition process, please do not hesitate to contact us on auditions[AT]southbanksinfonia[DOT]co[DOT]uk or you are welcome to call one of our team on 020 7921 0370 who will be very happy to give advice.