Hallé/RNCM Advanced Orchestral Strings Programme 2023-24

Applicants are invited to apply for the RNCM / Hallé Advanced Orchestral Strings Programme.

The programme of study will run over one academic year and is based in the vibrant cultural city of Manchester. Musicians will receive tuition, mentoring and extensive professional experience.

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A limited number of chairs will be available in September 2023 for outstanding violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players who are eligible to work in the UK from September 2023. Applicants should have recently completed, or are in the process of completing, postgraduate studies at a recognized UK, EU or International university or conservatoire.

Successful applicants must be prepared to spend a large proportion of the year in Manchester, completing a set minimum number of sessions with the Hallé. Musicians are mentored by and work in close collaboration with the Hallé’s section leaders. Places will be awarded by audition, and after a one-day trial in Manchester.

Please note applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the UK.

The programme includes a guaranteed minimum of £5,000 paid work with the Hallé. As well as extensive professional orchestral experience and high profile public performances, musicians further develop their skills with RNCM instrumental tuition, ensemble leadership opportunities, and specialist classes in communication and presentation skills, people management, chamber music, coaching and leadership, and education workshop delivery. A large number of alumni from the programme now enjoy successful careers with the Hallé and orchestras around the world.


Up-to-date course fees are available here.

The RNCM and the Hallé are committed to reflecting the great diversity of Greater Manchester in all areas of their work. This programme of study is open to all talented string players, and we guarantee an inclusive environment, where everyone can develop to their full potential. To ensure that all applicants are given equal opportunity and that our organisations are representative of all sections of society, applicants are invited to apply for the Charles Hallé Award (a bursary of up to £3,000) to support their participation.

How to Apply

Applications are made via Acceptd and the closing date is 5pm (UK time) on Monday 16 January 2023.

Please note that all applicants must have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the course. A student visa/sponsorship is not available on this programme.


First stage auditions in Manchester:

16 February: violas and double basses
23 February: violins
2 March: cellos

Second stage auditions in Manchester:

Successful applicants will complete a short ‘mini-trial’ session with the Hallé in the Spring. Exact dates will be published as soon as possible.


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