String Experience

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 around 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. The scheme presents an invaluable opportunity to tap into the knowledge of the LSO musicians and make long-lasting contacts.

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String Experience 2019/20: Participants and mentors 

Player Mentors

Maxine Kwok-Adams (first violins)
Sarah Quinn (second violins)
Robert Turner (violas)
Hilary Jones (cellos)
Tom Goodman (double basses)

2018/19 Participants

Violin
Haim Choi (Royal College of Music)
Bridget O’Donnell (Royal Academy of Music)
Anthony Poon (Royal Academy of Music)
Abel Puustinen (Royal College of Music)
Preston Yeo (Royal Academy of Music)

Viola
Theodore Chung (Guildhall School)
Nicholas Hughes (Guildhall School)
Mabon Rhyd (Guildhall School)

Cello
Henry Hargreaves (Royal Academy of Music)
Nina Kiva (Royal College of Music)
Yong Jun Lee (Royal Academy of Music)

Bass
Gabriel Abad (Guildhall School)
Harry Atkinson (Royal Academy of Music)
Evangeline Tang (Royal College of Music)

How to apply

If you are a string player at a London music college, please speak to a member of your faculty staff.

Auditions for 2020/21 will take place at the start of the autumn 2020 term following coaching sessions with LSO musicians to help with certain aspects of the audition repertoire.


The LSO String Experience Scheme is generously supported by The Polonsky Foundation, Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, Derek Hill Foundation and Thistle Trust.

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