- What is the closing date for applications?
The closing date for receipt of applications is midday on Thursday 30 November 2023. Late applications will not be accepted. Liverpool Philharmonic accepts no responsibility for applications not received.
- What instruments can I audition on?
We will be offering four places and no more than one from each instrument group.
You can audition on Violin, Viola, Flute, Piccolo with Flute, Bassoon, Contrabassoon with Basson, Trumpet, French Horn and Percussion & Timpani.
- Can I apply on more than one instrument?
Candidates can apply on more than one instrument where relevant (e.g. you could submit one application on flute and a separate application on piccolo with flute if you want to be considered for both instruments individually).
- I don’t own one of the instruments listed (e.g. contrabassoon). Can I still apply on those instruments?
Yes you can, as long as you are able to borrow one for the time required during the Fellowship.
- I have had one orchestral trial – am I eligible?
If you have had one trial we would encourage you to apply, but if you have had more trials, and are currently performing consistently with professional orchestras then this may not be the opportunity for you.
- How much does it cost to apply?
We do not want financial circumstances to be a barrier to anyone applying for this Fellowship, therefore it is free to apply. If you are invited to Round 2 live auditions in Liverpool, then a travel contribution of up to £50 will be provided. We will also be happy to discuss individual circumstances at Round 2 where appropriate.
- Can I apply if I am still studying?
Yes, if you are at a suitable performing level then you are eligible, but you would need to make sure you can take time out of your studies to participate in the Fellowship. Applicants must be 18+ on 19 June 2024.
- Do I need to be a UK citizen?
No, but you must be able to demonstrate the right to work in the UK, and proof of this will be required prior to confirmation of places on the Fellowship.
- Do I need to speak English fluently?
You will need to have a good command of English, as all rehearsals and mentor sessions will be in English. Rehearsals can be fast paced, so this will be essential.
- Where will the sessions in the Fellowship take place?
The Fellowship activities will mostly take place at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, but will include other local venues in Liverpool.
- Will I get paid if I am appointed as a Fellow?
Fellowship Musicians will receive a fee of £2,000, paid in 5 instalments (after induction, after each subsequent patch of work, and at the end of the Fellowship). The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Emerging Musicians Fellowship is not a full-time course nor is it employment, or considered equivalent to employment by Liverpool Philharmonic. Fellowship Musicians will be contracted as freelance musicians, solely for the duration of the patches of work in Liverpool.
- Will I be reimbursed for travel costs?
Candidates invited to live auditions at Round 2 will be offered a travel contribution of up to £50.
- Will accommodation be provided?
We will provide accommodation for all Fellowship Musicians for one night as part of the induction.
- How do I record the Round 1 Audition video?
See the Application Pack for full guidance on how to record your video. We will only accept videos filmed on mobile phones, that are unedited (single continuous take) and show clearly who is performing. The panel will only hear audio of the video during shortlisting, but videos will be watched by other internal staff to ensure they meet the required specifications before shortlisting.
- I can only record my audition on a phone – is that ok?
Yes, we are asking all applicants to record their audition on a phone.
- What do I need to play as part of the audition?
All audition requirements for each instrument are available to download on our website.
- Where is the online application form?
You can apply through our online form here.
- I can’t make the Round 2 live audition date – what can I do?
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the orchestral schedule, we are unable to offer any alternative dates or times for auditions.
- Will there be sightreading in my audition?
There will be a short piece of sightreading in the Round 2 auditions, which will be given to you to prepare in the warm up rooms.
- Will I be informed if I'm unsuccessful at Round 1, and will I receive any feedback?
Yes, all candidates will be kept updated at all stages of recruitment. We aim to provide all candidates who have submitted a video audition with brief feedback on why they were unsuccessful. Candidates successfully reaching Round 2 live auditions will receive detailed feedback from the panel, even if they are not appointed as a Fellowship Musician.
- I have another question not listed here.
Please get in touch with Nikita Richmond, Learning Projects Coordinator (Nikita.Richmond@liverpoolphil.com or call 07977 164794)