Our free orchestral experience programme for talented young musicians from backgrounds currently under-represented in professional UK orchestras.
Welcome to our family
The LPO Junior Artists programme offers opportunities, advice and professional insight to eight exceptional players of orchestral instruments aged 15–19 and minimum Grade 8 standard each year. Junior Artists become part of the LPO family for a year, getting to know our musicians, staff and artists, as well as members of other Rising Talent schemes and former LPO Junior Artists.
Embracing diversity and inclusion
We believe that talent is indiscriminate, yet people from some backgrounds and communities continue to be under-represented in the orchestral sector. At the LPO we’re actively working to promote diversity and inclusivity in the classical music industry, leading eventually to a sector that is more reflective of the wider population.
As an LPO Junior Artist you’ll benefit from:
- One-to-one instrumental sessions with a player mentor from the LPO
- Insight sessions about the music profession with inspiring guests
- Professional skills building workshops
- Mock audition experience
- Ensemble performance opportunities
- Behind-the-scenes work experience with the LPO team
- Opportunities to inspire younger musicians through LPO Junior Artists: Overture events
LPO Junior Artists activities are spread over around 14 days between September and July each year. Most take place in school holidays or Sundays in term time. Some LPO concert visits may take place on a weekday or Saturday evening.
How do I apply?
Applications are now closed for 2023/24.
LPO Junior Artists 2023/24
We’re delighted to be working with the following talented musicians during the 2023/24 season:
- Nahuel Angius-Thomas – Bassoon
- Yuma Angius-Thomas – Percussion
- Anton Brown – Oboe
- Kateryna Holiar – Viola
- Jamaal Kashim – Harp
- Birce Kayhan – Clarinet
- Laura Gutierrez Muurisepp – Violin
- Ivan Rodriguez Deb – Cello
What our Junior Artists say
I loved the sessions with my mentor. He’s taught me so much. My playing has improved so much this year and I can attribute a lot of the credit to him!
LPO Junior Artist 2021/22
A priceless opportunity which has broadened my knowledge of the music world.
LPO Junior Artist 2018/19
The experience you gain is invaluable, from working with LPO players to talking to panels with artists like Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Angel Blue, and going to the office to see what goes on behind the scenes was amazing!
LPO Junior Artist 2016/17
The LPO Junior Artists Programme is generously funded by the Kirby Laing Foundation, TIOC Foundation and The Radcliffe Trust.