Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme

Our long-running programme supports young orchestral musicians at the start of their career.

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The Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme (formerly the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund) has given support to young musicians since 1968. Its anonymous founder and subsequent donors and supporters over the years have provided funding to enable exceptionally talented instrumental students to bridge the difficult gap between full-time study and professional status.

“The Fellows have wonderful mentors from the Orchestra and receive regular coaching from them, with an emphasis on orchestral repertoire. This has given us the chance to gain in-depth knowledge on orchestral music, beyond the more soloist-oriented focus of typical instrument teaching.”

Yaroslava Trofymchuk, Cello Fellow 2016-18 and current member of the Philharmonia Orchestra

About the programme

The Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme is an extensive training offer for young musicians, supporting those instrumentalists who are specifically seeking an orchestral career and connecting them to the wider life of the Philharmonia and the expertise within its membership.

Applications for 2021/22 Fellowships are now closed (as of Friday 5 February 2021). Please keep checking this page for details on our applications process.

To find out more about applying for the Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme, please refer to the below guidelines and FAQs page. Alternatively, please email

Information for candidates

We want to invest in talented instrumentalists who are pursuing an orchestral career. In order to be eligible for the Philharmonia MMSF Fellowship Programme, you must be able to demonstrate in your application an interest in an orchestral career, and some experience of working in an orchestral setting.

We want to support artists who have the potential to build a sustainable professional career and you will be asked to describe how the Philharmonia MMSF Fellowship Programme would make a significant difference to you. You should consider the impact the Fellowship would make to both your creative development and long term career aims.

The Philharmonia is dedicated to diversifying our audiences, programmes and staff. We welcome and encourage applicants from communities that are currently underrepresented in orchestras.  We actively invite applicants to declare their underrepresented characteristics on their application form.

The Philharmonia MMSF Fellowship Programme is a one or two year scheme, depending on instrument type. The panel will review all submitted information and will be asked to consider:

  • Your artistic achievements to date and the impact you are currently making in your studies and work
  • The impact a Fellowship would have for you as a prospective orchestral musician
  • How/if Philharmonia Orchestra/Philharmonia mentors can work with you to develop as an orchestral musician

Application requirements


The MMSF Fellowship welcomes applicants from across their studies. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and in full or part-time education, or no more than 18 months out of full or part-time education at the point of applying. You will need to be able to demonstrate this clearly on your application form.

If you applied to the scheme earlier this year (which was postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic), we will make an exception to this requirement, and still accept your application even if you are more than 18 months out of full or part time education.


The Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme is open to applicants of all nationalities. However, if you are from overseas, you will need to demonstrate that you are still in education and will be for the duration of the Fellowship, with a valid visa (if applicable).


If you are selected for a second-round audition, we will ask for two references to support your application.


Please note

Through this scheme we are unable to consider applications for:

  • Formal courses of study, training or research (including postgraduate degrees)
  • Lessons with your regular teacher
  • Costs associated with participating in competitions or showcases


  • One-off performances, touring or recording costs
  • Instrument or equipment purchase
  • Any costs incurred prior to a grant being offered

How to apply

Applications for 2021/22 Fellowships are now closed (as of Friday 5 February 2021). If you have submitted an application for the 21/22 scheme, we will be in touch about the outcome of your application and next steps via email. If you have any questions, please email

Please note, the Philharmonia will not accept any alternative applications such as CVs or recordings.


Partners & supporters

The Philharmonia’s MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme is generously supported by:

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We are also grateful to the following:

Eranda Rothschild Foundation
Help Musicians
The Oliver Green Memorial Trust
Mark James
The John E Mortimer Foundation
The Sidney Perry Foundation
Trevor Snoad