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 2019/20

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

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 2019 for outstanding violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players who are eligible to work in the UK from September 2019. They should have recently completed or are in the process of completing postgraduate studies at a recognised EU or international conservatoire.

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 Hallé and the chance to apply for the Charles Hallé Award worth £2,000
Fee: In the region of £2,700 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.

Application information

Apply now:

Apply online for 2019/20 String Leadership Scheme

Closing Date: Tuesday 7 December 2018, midday


  • Violins: 1 March 2019, morning and afternoon
  • Violas: 15 February 2018, morning
  • Cellos: 5 February 2019, afternoon
  • Double Basses: 15 February 2019, morning

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

The Hallé String Leadership Training Scheme is supported by the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation and The Leche Trust.

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