String Leadership Scheme

Applications for the 2019/20 scheme are now closed. Details for applications for the 2020/21 scheme will be listed here when available.

The Royal Northern College of Music/Hallé 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.

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