Thank you for your interest in joining Southbank Sinfonia. Applications for the 2020 orchestra are now closed, but please do check back in Spring 2021 for our next intake.
In the meantime, sign up to our Applications and Auditions mailing list to be notified when applications for Southbank Sinfonia 2021 are open.
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 2019, the bursary is £8,700.
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.
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.