Name: Lily Whitehurst
Role: Sub-Principal 2nd Violin with the BBC Philharmonic, Alumna
About: Welsh violinist Lily Whitehurst graduated in 2019 after studying with Yossi Zivoni. During her studies she led the RNCM Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, including during a joint project with the Paris Conservatoire, won multiple prizes as a soloist and as part of the Gaskell String Quartet, performed with the Hallé, and participated in our Professional Experience Schemes with both the Manchester Camerata and BBC Philharmonic, the orchestra she is now a full-time member of. She said at the time: ‘I’ve wanted to be an orchestral musician since I can remember. That’s been my dream for a long time. Freelancing would be great, but I would love the community of being in an orchestra. I feel like I’m getting there with the placement at the BBC Philharmonic. The placement schemes – we have so many to choose from – are a massive stepping stone into the profession.‘
Did you know? Lily actually began working at the BBC Philharmonic part-time during her final year at the RNCM.