String Leadership Scheme


Applications for the 2020/21 scheme are now open.

Closing date: Thursday 12 December 2019, midday

Auditions:
Violins 31 January 2020
Violas: 28 January 2020
Cellos: 31 January 2020
Double Basses: 13 February 2020

Apply for 2020/21 Hallé/RNCM String Leadership Training Scheme

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 2020 for outstanding violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players who are eligible to work in the UK from September 2020. They should have recently completed, or are in the process of completing postgraduate studies at a recognized EU or International Conservatoire.

Successful applicants must be prepared to spend a large proportion of the year in Manchester, completing a set minimum number of sessions with the Hallé. Places will be awarded by audition, and after 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 £3,000, 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.


What is The Hallé/Royal Northern College of Music String Leadership Training Scheme?

The Hallé/Royal Northern College of Music String Leadership Training 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. A large number of previous course members now enjoy successful careers within the Hallé and orchestras around the 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.

The course will run over one academic year and is based in the vibrant, cultural city of Manchester. A limited number of places are available each year for outstanding violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players who are eligible to work in the UK. Applicants 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 the city.


Contact us

If you have any questions about the String Leadership Training Scheme please contact the RNCM on admissions@rncm.ac.uk.

For all other education projects please contact the Hallé Education team on education@halle.co.uk.


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