String Leadership Scheme

The Royal Northern College of Music / Hallé String Leadership Scheme is the only course of its kind in the country, offering exceptionally talented young string players in-depth experience of the professional orchestral world.

Aimed at outstanding postgraduate students, the course involves a significant number of sessions rehearsing and performing with the Orchestra, including ‘sitting up’ within sections to obtain real experience of leadership in practice. The students receive instrumental and chamber music tuition, mentoring from Hallé section leaders, and specialist classes in leadership, people management, communication and presentation skills. Another important facet of the course is the opportunity to become involved in the Hallé’s award-winning education programme, gaining practical skills by working alongside its experienced musicians.

String Leadership Training Scheme 2017

Applicants are invited to audition for the Hallé/Royal Northern College of Music String Leadership Training Scheme.

Supported by Help Musicians UK, the course will run over one academic year and is based in the vibrant cultural city of Manchester.

A limited number of chairs will be available in September 2017 for outstanding British violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players who have recently or are in the process of completing postgraduate studies at a recognised UK, EU or international conservatoire, and who aspire to be the leading orchestral players of the future.

Successful applicants must be prepared to spend a large proportion of the year in Manchester and will be selected by audition process and a one day trial in Manchester.

Guaranteed minimum of £10,000 paid work with the Halle and the chance to apply for the Charles Halle Award worth £2,000

Fee: In the region of £2,600 tbc

Students are mentored by and work in close collaboration with the Hallé’s section leaders, and their overall development will be overseen by the Music Director of the Hallé, Sir Mark Elder.

As well as providing orchestral training (including opportunities to play alongside the principal players) and high profile external public performances, the course will enable students to further develop their playing skills with instrumental tuition from Europe’s finest teachers at the RNCM together with specialist classes in communication and presentation skills, people management, chamber music, coaching and leadership, and education workshop delivery. A large number of previous course members now enjoy successful careers within the Hallé and orchestras around the world.

Applications to: by CV and covering letter.

Closing date: Wednesday 8 February 2017, midday

Violins – Tuesday 7 March 2017, afternoon and evening
Violas – Wednesday 15 March 2017, morning
Cellos – Thursday 9 March 2017, morning
Double Basses – Monday 13 March 2017, morning

Please note this course is dependent on external funding which is still to be confirmed.

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