Orchestra Mentorship Scheme

For the first time, we are offering young musicians the opportunity to be mentored by a member of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Age 18-25 and can play a musical instrument? We are excited to present a unique opportunity to learn with members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, in collaboration with Black Lives in Music (BLiM).

Eligible candidates

We are looking for young people from throughout the UK who identify as being from the global majority background or from another underrepresented group, who play the following instruments:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Percussion
The programme

If you are selected, you will be partnered with a musician from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (OROH), who will mentor you for four months. A personal programme will be created for each individual but will include:

  • A 'meet and greet' with artists of the (OROH)
  • Access to a private rehearsal and a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House
  • Three lessons with your mentor, with a focus on excerpts from opera and ballet music
  • Rehearsal sit-ins
  • Ticket to a dress rehearsal (usually only available to members of the Royal Opera House)
  • A mock audition to help with future applications

All your travel and meal expenses will be reimbursed. You will also receive support from BLiM staff throughout your mentorship.

Your place on the mentorship scheme is conditional on confirmation that you meet the programme selection criteria. We embrace and celebrate the different contributions that everyone brings to our organisation; please fill in as many sections of the application form as you can.

Application deadline: Friday 9th September 2022

If you have any questions regarding the scheme, please e-mail  orohmentor@roh.org.uk. To find out more about the Royal Opera House's commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, see Our Commitments.

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