Foundation Programme

Following a highly impactful initial year the Orpheus Sinfonia Foundation Programme is now open for applications for the 2024-2025 season.

Skyrme Hart Charitable Trust

supported by the

Skyrme Hart Charitable Trust

Our unique Foundation Programme gives recent music graduates of all backgrounds realtime first steps and work into professional careers

Open to musicians of all backgrounds, up to two years after leaving formal study. The Foundation’s diverse programming encompasses wide-ranging musical styles across core repertoire and contemporary female and BAME composers.

Running a range of ambitious projects, the Foundation Programme will give opportunity to 36 instrumentalists, soloists, conductor, singers and composer annually. As well as paid work preparing for and performing four orchestral concerts in London, participants will be supported by wraparound sessions each season, with mentoring from core Orpheus members and eminent industry professionals. The Foundation Programme will establish a lasting space in which emerging professionals can explore and develop future livelihoods. It creates a juncture to realise creative entrepreneurship and learn how to work.

 I would recommend this programme over any other I have done. Most schemes see you sat in on rehearsals with a few opportunities to play but mostly listening and doubling other parts whilst with Orpheus you have the opportunity to play alongside with principal players in their section!

OSFP Foundationer 2023-2024

Foundation Programme at a glance

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Repertoire and Concert Dates

Selected Foundation Composers will be invited to write a 10-minute orchestral work to be premiered 26th June 2025. They will have workshop opportunities during the Season and be mentored be esteemed indsutry leading composers.

Applications for the 2024-2025 Foundation Programme will open in June 2024.

Application deadline 18 August 2024. 

Selected Foundation Conductors will assist Orpheus Prinicpal Conductors on up to 4 orchestral projects (10 Oct 24, 6 Feb 25, 10&11 April 25, 26 June 25), and conduct selected items in concert.

Applications for the 2024-2025 Foundation Programme are open.

Deadline for applications 26 June 2024 (EARLY APPLICATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED).

Live Auditions 4-8 July 2024.

Selected Foundation Instrumentalists will perform in up to 4 orchestral projects (10 Oct 24, 6 Feb 25, 10&11 April 25, 26 June 25), mentored by Orpheus Principals and esteemed members of the industry.

Applications for the 2024-2025 Foundation Programme are open.

Deadline for applications 26 June 2024 (EARLY APPLICATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED).

Live Auditions 4-8 July 2024.

Selected Foundation Opera Singers work with Orpheus Sinfonia on chosen arias and ensemble numbers with full orchestra.

Applications are currently closed for Opera Singers.

Further information will be announced in due course for 2025 opportunities.

In addition, Foundation Participants partake in wraparound advancement sessions throughout the season, covering areas including: connection building, understanding music as a business, creative entrepreneurship, fundraising insights, professional decorum, CV advice and digital recording opportunities.

Further opportunities and additional projects as possible when they arise.

Foundation Participants recieve Foundation Fees for Foundation Performances. Applications are open to musicians of all backgrounds, up to and including 2 years after graduation from full-time study (this includes degree, fellowship and training programmes).

 A particular strength of the Orpheus Sinfonia Foundation Scheme, these personal development sessions are clearly well-considered, and provide specific and genuinely useful advice.

OSFP Foundationer 2023-2024

Further information and applications:

Applications for all areas of the Foundation Programme are in two stages.

  • Stage 1 – online submission (form and accompanying materials).
  • Stage 2 – live auditions/interviews.

At all stages throughout the application process, and in Foundation Programme participation, Orpheus will make every effort to support the needs and access means required for every individual – no matter how small or large these may be. Please get in touch with us at any point to talk further about anything we can do to help you in your application or participation: admin@orpheusfoundation.com

 

Applying to the Orpheus Sinfonia Foundation Programme is completely free of charge to all applicants. Applicants offered live auditions who are in need of travel assistance to attend should email: admin@orpheusfoundation.com

Music for all
Sir Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano

Orpheus Patron

“Life is so tough for young musicians these days, that I view the work of Orpheus as an essential part of the landscape.”

Orpheus Sinfonia is committed to being an Equal Opportunities organisation. We work hard to ensure that we provide a welcoming and accessible environment for all.

We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds and are particularly interested in hearing from performers that are of ethnically diverse, gender and sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds which are currently under-represented in our sector.

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