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Support Emerging Musicians

Support Emerging Musicians Fellowships

We are delighted to launch a new Emerging Musicians Fellowship programme, which will help attract and train a diverse range of outstanding orchestral musicians in a brand-new way. We are aware of the many significant barriers that early career musicians can face in successfully establishing themselves in a highly competitive industry - and multiple lockdowns have made this even more challenging.

We want to remove the barriers and focus on discovering and empowering new talent and potential. We have successfully done this in recent years for emerging composers through our Rushworth Composition Prize. This has seen new composers establish their careers and create incredible new music for our audiences, including music commissioned and performed at the BBC Proms. Now is the time for us to translate this opportunity to performers.

And that is why our new Fellowship will immerse four musicians every year in every aspect of professional orchestral life, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra-style. They will rehearse and perform in the Orchestra, experience the incredible range of performance opportunities we provide across our ensembles and chamber music, work with the Youth Company and engage our local communities through In Harmony Liverpool and our NHS partnerships. Notably, the Fellowship is the first paid opportunity of its kind in the North of England. 

Our organisation is not only distinctive in our sector for the combination of our artistic and learning programmes, but also for the fact that so many of our musicians are so deeply committed and involved all year round in this wide-ranging work both on and off stage. Indeed, the Fellowship is led by our Principal Piccolo, Sameeta Gahir, has been created with a group of musicians from the Orchestra, and has the backing of everyone in the Orchestra including our Chief Conductor, Domingo Hindoyan. 

We believe this creates a unique and inspirational professional training ground to welcome aspiring new orchestral musicians, and with the help of our supporters, strengthens our commitment to nurturing future generations of professional musicians and music creators long into the future.

The Fellowship will support all orchestral instruments, aiming to recruit one musician from each section of the orchestra (on a 2-year rotation):  

  • Strings: Violin, or Viola 
  • Woodwind: Flute, Piccolo, Bassoon or Contrabassoon 
  • Brass: French Horn, or Trumpet
  • Percussion and Harp: Percussion and Timpani, or Harp

Each will be mentored by a member of the Orchestra and will receive instrument lessons from another Orchestral musician. 

During their time in the orchestra, each Fellow will have full access to the pioneering Musicians Performance & Wellbeing Programme, including physiotherapy, sports massage, injury prevention screening, audiology, and performance psychology.  

We will recruit our first cohort of four musicians in April 2022, with them starting their Fellowship from June 2022 through to June 2023.

We are looking to raise £5,000 per fellow, £20,000 in total, so that we can deliver this programme to its full potential. Please consider making a donation in support of the life-changing fellowship.



If you would like to make a donation over the phone or have any questions, please call 0151 210 2921.

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