String Experience Scheme
Established in 1992, the LSO String Experience Scheme enables young string players at the start of their professional careers to gain work experience by playing in rehearsals and concerts with the LSO.
The scheme auditions students from the London music conservatoires: Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance, and 15 students per year are selected to participate in the Scheme. Participants are treated as professional 'extra' players (additional to LSO members) and receive fees for their work in line with LSO section players.
Maxine Kwok-Adams (first violin)
Sarah Quinn (second violin)
Robert Turner (viola)
Hilary Jones (cello)
Matthew Gibson (double bass)
How to apply
If you are a string player at a London music college, please speak to a member of your faculty staff.
Auditions take place at the start of the Autumn Term after coaching sessions with LSO players to help with certain aspects of the repertoire before the auditions.
The String Experience Scheme is supported by
Help Musicians UK – the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. Formerly known as the Musicians Benevolent Fund, it helps at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving musicians the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career. helpmusicians.org.uk
The Garrick Charitable Trust
The Lefever Award
The Polansky Foundation