Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Academy Orchestra

Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Academy Orchestra is for young musicians aged 11-18, working at grades 4-7 level on an orchestral instrument, from across the North West. Each year there are two courses in Liverpool providing development and performance opportunities for young people, working with musicians from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. By signing up to Youth Academy Orchestra you become a member of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company giving you access to workshops and special projects throughout the year.

What is it all about?

Our four-day non-residential courses, based in Liverpool, include full (tutti) rehearsals, sectionals, workshops and a sharing at the end of the course for friends and family. 

Monday 22 October - Thursday 25 October 2018 at Notre Dame Catholic College

Monday 15 April - Thursday 18 April 2019 at Bellerive FJ College

Participants will receive coaching from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and the Youth Academy Orchestra will be conducted by Rod Skipp (In Harmony Liverpool Artistic Director) and Gethyn Jones (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra cello).

The experience you will have as part of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Academy Orchestra will develop your individual and group playing. You will learn new musical skills from professional orchestral players and your peers, including members of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. This course will help you to develop greater confidence, both socially and musically, and you will make new friendships with young people from across the North West!

It is truly inspiring, the best way to make new friends with similar interests and enjoy music at its best.
LPYAO Member, 2017

How much will it cost?

Each course costs £80 per person. This fee covers the tuition for one course and gives you access to Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company activities throughout 2018-19 season, including Youth Company Brass Band and Folk Ensemble, conducting and composition workshops, health and well-being workshops and master classes.

Our partners, Resonate and SKY (Sefton and Knowsley) Music Hubs, can help with costs towards attending courses, including paying partial or full fees. Please contact your local Music Hub for more information.

How do I apply?

We welcome applications from young people who:

- are aged 11-18

- play an orchestral instrument at Grades 4-7 level (you don't have to have passed an exam but should be confidently playing at this level)

- will most benefit from this large ensemble experience.

Liverpool Philharmonic is aiming to recruit approximately 100 young people per course and places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. The aim is to create a balanced symphony orchestra experience therefore not all applications will result in a successful place. Young people can sign up for one or both courses in a year.

Places are still available for all instruments for both 18/19 courses. Applications for October 2018 course will close at 12 noon on Thursday 19 October.

Applications for Youth Academy Orchestra 2018/19 courses are now open.

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