Hallé/RNCM Strings Leadership Course

Hallé/Royal Northern College of Music String Leadership Course

We are currently closed for applications for this course. We will publish details of the next round of recruitment on this page when they are available.

Supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the course will run over one academic year and is based in the vibrant cultural city of Manchester.

A limited number of chairs will be available for outstanding British violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players who have recently or are in the process of completing postgraduate studies at a recognised UK, EU or international conservatoire, and who aspire to be the leading orchestral players of the future. Successful applicants must be prepared to spend a large proportion of the year in Manchester and will be selected by audition process and a short trial which will include a rehearsal and concert with the Hallé.

Students are mentored by and work in close collaboration with the Hallé’s section leaders, and their overall development will be overseen by the Music Director of the Hallé, Sir Mark Elder.

As well as providing orchestral training (including opportunities to play alongside the principal players) and high profile external public performances, the course will enable students to further develop their playing skills with instrumental tuition from Europe’s finest teachers at the RNCM together with specialist classes in communication and presentation skills, people management, chamber music, coaching and leadership, and education workshop delivery. A large number of previous course members now enjoy successful careers within the Hallé and orchestras around the world.

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