Young Fellowships Programme

Our new project for young people in our residencies aims to diversify the classical music sector.

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A brand new initiative for the Philharmonia Orchestra, this programme seeks to support talented young instrumentalists in Leicester from low-income backgrounds to continue their instrumental learning. Working in partnership with Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service and Awards for All, the Orchestra will support up to 15 young musicians over the course of two years. We hope that the Young Fellows will be more likely to carry on their studies to an intermediate or advanced level after taking part, thereby increasing the diversity of the classical music sector.


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Watch our music video launching the fundraising for the Young Fellowships Programme

About the project

The Young Fellowship Programme connects to an existing programme called Furthering Talent delivered by Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service and Awards for Young Musicians. Our programme will complement that programme, including:

  • Tuition: each young musician will receive one additional lesson a term from a Philharmonia player
  • Group coaching sessions: once a term, we will bring all the string, woodwind, brass or percussions players together for an ensemble session with Philharmonia players, to explore chamber music repertoire and develop ensemble playing skills.
  • Open Rehearsal and Player Meet & Greet: all of the Furthering Talent scholars will be invited to attend a Philharmonia rehearsal at De Montfort Hall and a player Meet and Greet session.
  • Concerts: participants and their families will have access to free tickets for Philharmoniaa concerts through The Guest List, our community ticket scheme
  • Get Together Creative Days: twice a year, the whole Furthering Talent group will come together to work with Philharmonia musicians and specialist music workshop leaders for a day, exploring composition, devising and improvisation, and drawing on a range of musical influences and styles.

We hope in time to expand the programme to our other residency centres.

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Partners & supporters

The Young Fellowships Programme is generously supported by:

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