Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is for young people aged 13-23 from in and around Liverpool.

Founded in 1951 as Merseyside Youth Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra enjoys a reputation for high quality performances and excellent opportunities for its players.

Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra rehearses on a project basis in evenings and weekends working towards a concert, and not a weekly schedule, with Artistic Director for Youth Ensembles, Simon Emery. The Youth Orchestra perform regularly at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and have recently toured across North of England.

Youth Orchestra members work regularly with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians, including side-by-side rehearsals and performances, as well as with guest conductors, including Vasily Petrenko, Andrew Manze and Jessica Cottis.

Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra alumni have gone on to study at top universities and music colleges, and play in the finest professional orchestras across the world, including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Some members of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra also play with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and attend leading music institutions, including Royal Northern College of Music and Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is for young people aged 13-23, working at grade 7+ level on an orchestral instrument, and who want to enjoy playing with other talented young people from in and around Liverpool. Youth Orchestra is open to orchestral instruments: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, piano, harp, violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Annual fees are £180 to be part of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra which can be paid in a lump sum or in instalments across the year. Members will also require a concert dress for performances. Youth Choir members are expected to attend any residential or tours in the year. Means tested bursaries are available to cover fees, residentials and concert dress.

Membership of Youth Orchestra is by audition. To apply for an audition please complete the form below.

Applications are now closed for Summer 2017 auditions, but please complete the form below and you will be contacted about the next available audition date.

Auditions last approximately 10 minutes and will take place in central Liverpool.

In advance of an audition, you will be sent orchestral excerpts to learn. You should prepare these excerpts to the best of your ability, and you will be asked to play these at the audition. You will also be asked to perform 2 contrasting pieces of your choice which should show off your skills and experience. This will give the panel an idea of how well you can learn and prepare music, and how your playing is developing.

The audition panel is made up of Simon Emery, Artistic Director for Youth Ensembles, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians.

Join Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

If you would like to apply for an audition for Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra please complete the form below. Applicants should be aged between 12 and 23 on 1 September.

Applications are now closed for Summer 2017 auditions, but please complete the form below and you will be contacted about the next available audition date.

If you have questions or want to find out more about Youth Orchestra please contact youthensembles@liverpoolphil.com or call 0151 210 2895 and ask for a member of the Learning Team.

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