Professional Experience Scheme 24/25: BBC Philharmonic (Wind & Brass)

Applications are now open for the BBC Philharmonic (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Tenor and Bass Trombone) Professional Experience Scheme.

Open to: third and fourth year undergraduates and all postgraduates enrolled at the RNCM in 2024-2025 who are not on the BBC Philharmonic’s extras list. You cannot reapply if you have completed the Scheme in any previous years.

Deadline for application: 1pm, Thursday 27 June 2024
Auditions: Friday 27 September 2024
Full audition requirements: Moodle
Application form: Moodle

Our Professional Experience Scheme with the BBC Philharmonic is designed to give RNCM students the chance to experience working with members of a professional symphony orchestra and to be mentored by the members of the orchestra.

The Scheme

Auditions Friday 27 September – RNCM

Wind and Brass auditions will be held at the RNCM. The audition panel comprises of BBC Philharmonic members, including section principals. The students chosen to participate are at the discretion of the panel. All auditionees will be provided with an accompanist.

Audition requirements for each instrument are as follows:

i. Movement of a concerto as specified below, accompanied by piano

  • Flute – 1st movement of either Mozart G major or D major Concerto
  • Oboe – 1st movement of Mozart C major Concerto
  • Clarinet – 1st movement of Mozart Concerto in A, K622
  • Bassoon – any mvt from either Saint-Saëns, Mozart or Weber Concerto
  • Horn – 1st movement of any Mozart or Strauss Concerto
  • Trumpet – Enesco, Legende
  • Tenor Trombone – Sulek, Sonata for Trombone and Piano
  • Bass Trombone – Lebedev, Bass Trombone Concerto in 1 Movement OR Bach Sarabande Suite No 5

ii. Prepared orchestral excerpts that can be found on Moodle
iii. Sight-reading from standard orchestral repertoire

Following auditions, the BBC PES Administrator will be in touch with successful candidates to discuss induction and placements.

Students successful at audition will be invited to the BBC at MediaCityUK to meet informally with mentors and to undertake a tour of the building, including the studio.

Placements during 2024/25 Academic Year
After the induction, the successful students will be offered up to 4 programmes, depending on their instrument.

PROGRAMME 1: Play selected excerpts as identified by mentor (or other member of the section) in tied rehearsals
PROGRAMME 2: Play selected excerpts in tied rehearsals, possibly performing in one or more pieces (at the discretion of the mentor)
PROGRAMME 3: Rehearse and perform one or more pieces in the programme (at the discretion of the mentor)

The Orchestra Personnel Manager, Helena Nolan, will contact you usually 2 weeks before your placement dates, with details about obtaining electronic or hard copies of your orchestral parts.

Each successful student will be allocated a BBC Philharmonic mentor who will:

  • guide the student, both personally and professionally, through their orchestral experience
  • provide verbal feedback throughout the placement
  • liaise with the section principal about progress and suitability to perform with the orchestra
  • write an evaluation report at the end of the scheme which will be shared with the student and RNCM

The BBC Philharmonic’s expectations of students
The musicians and administrators of the BBC Philharmonic expect students to:

  • prepare parts thoroughly and to a professional standard for rehearsals
  • display an open-minded attitude to discussing issues that may arise
  • respond promptly to all communications in relation to the scheme
  • complete an evaluation of the scheme at the end of their placement

After the scheme

The aim of the scheme is to provide the best possible preparation for the student to pursue a career as an orchestral musician. The BBC Philharmonic is constantly looking for excellent musicians to add to its extra lists and PES students may be considered for extra work once their time on the scheme is completed.

Students will not be engaged for any freelance work with the orchestra until they have completed all parts of their unpaid Professional Experience Scheme. In the rare instance that the orchestra wishes to employ a student before they have completed the scheme, the student would immediately cease their enrolment in the scheme and an alternative placement will need to be sought via college to make up credits where necessary.

Professional Experience Schemes: Key information

Key information relating to all RNCM Professional Experience Schemes is outlined within this document. If you require additional support or guidance, please email Abby Flood, Ensembles Administrator or call 0161 907 5275 / 07976 556983.


The RNCM contact for this Scheme is:

Abigail Flood
Ensembles Administrator
E: [email protected]
M: 07976 556983


BBC contact for initial part of Scheme:

Youlanda Daly
Project Coordinator, Learning / BBC Philharmonic
E: [email protected]


Please note:

  • Wind and Horns/Trumpets/Trombones can apply and audition for multiple RNCM Professional Experience Schemes and can be placed on more than one.
  • All applicants are guaranteed an audition.
  • You cannot re-apply for schemes if you have completed them in any previous years.
  • If you are on an orchestra’s extras list, you cannot apply to take part in their Professional Experience Scheme.
  • You will not receive any payment for involvement in RNCM Professional Experience Schemes.
  • Successful auditionees cannot undertake freelance work with the orchestra until all Professional Experience Scheme dates have been completed.
  • Late applications will not be accepted and individual receipt of auditions will not be acknowledged.


Auditions are a key part of Professional Experience Schemes and it is considered unprofessional to cancel at short notice. As such, any applicant withdrawing at less than 72 hours’ notice prior to audition will be ineligible to apply to that orchestra again.

Postgraduates Only

If you intend to use the Professional Experience Scheme for the Professional Placement module please keep copies of all Professional Experience Scheme applications (CV, covering letter and application pro forma) as you will be required to submit them at the end of the year as part of your Professional Placement portfolio.

You can choose to use the Professional Experience Scheme for the Professional Placement module (dependant on reaching the appropriate stage) but you do not have to choose the module in order to undertake the Professional Experience Scheme.

For questions about Professional Placement modules, please contact Andrea Vogler [email protected].