Foyle Future Firsts

Our annual Foyle Future Firsts programme bridges the transition between education and the professional platform for outstanding early-career orchestral musicians.

The programme is designed to nurture and develop talented orchestral players, forming the base for future appointments to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and other world-class orchestras and ensembles.

What we offer 

During your year as a Foyle Future First, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • play alongside the professionals in London Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsals 
  • hone your technique through lessons with an LPO Principal player
  • benefit from invaluable advice and mentoring from your LPO Principal
  • perfect your audition skills 
  • watch LPO rehearsals and experience the behind-the-scenes preparation
  • take part in wider professional development sessions
  • develop your creative leadership skills on Education & Community projects
  • play side-by-side with LPO members in chamber performances at the Royal Festival Hall, and in our annual Debut Sounds concert featuring new works our LPO Young Composers 
  • enjoy free or discounted tickets for all LPO concerts at the Royal Festival Hall

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for the LPO’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme 2023/24. Applications for 2024/25 will open in early 2024. The Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is not a full-time course, nor is it considered equivalent to employment by the Orchestra. A bursary is offered to each participant with the expectation that participants are able to support themselves financially and undertake other work and/or continued study alongside their Future First commitments.

Foyle Future Firsts 2023/24

We are working with the following talented musicians during the 2023/24 season:

  • Coco Inman – violin
  • Camille Buitenhuis – violin
  • Teresa Ferreira – viola
  • Sam Weinstein – cello
  • Phoebe Cheng – double bass
  • Maria Filippova – flute
  • Jack Tostevin-Hall – oboe
  • Bethany Crouch – clarinet
  • Lucy Gibson – bassoon
  • Zachary Hayward – horn
  • Joseph Skypala – trumpet
  • Rhodri Thomas – trombone
  • Connor Gingell – tuba
  • Evi Wang – piano
  • Anwen Thomas – harp
  • Tom Plumridge – percussion

Foyle Future Firsts 2023/24

Find out more about the Foyle Future First programme:

What our Foyle Future Firsts say:

I felt welcome and valued, it was a perfect environment to learn and thrive. I thoroughly enjoy the year and every moment in the FFF programme!

Foyle Future First 2022/23

It’s given me a huge foothold in this industry and really helped me to become a confident orchestral musician.

Foyle Future First 2021/22

It’s really given me an insight of what it’s like to have a job in an orchestra which is an invaluable experience. I’ve loved the way that the LPO players value the Future Firsts and how welcoming they’ve been.

Foyle Future First 2021/22

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact Lowri Davies, Education & Community Project Manager on 020 7840 4203 or [email protected]

Email us:

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The Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is generously funded by the Foyle Foundation with additional support from the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, the Idlewild Trust and the Golsoncott Foundation.

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