Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Our Professional Experience Scheme with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) is designed to give students an opportunity to work with a touring orchestra made up of players from many different countries with a strong European ethos.

Students on the scheme take part in rehearsals, classes and chamber coaching with COE players at the RNCM, focusing on core chamber orchestra repertoire.

A string orchestra perform.

Rehearsals may also provide opportunities for students to prepare for a public concert as part of the College’s performance programme. Having this goal and working closely with professional players gives a significant insight into how the COE works as an orchestra.

As part of the scheme, students will typically work in an orchestra alongside COE players without a conductor. Rehearsing and performing in this way provides a different experience for students, who learn how to apply principles of small scale chamber music making into a larger ensemble context.

Students may also have the opportunity to audition for the COE Academy. This scheme was created in order to give a select group of exceptional senior level students from across Europe the chance to study with the principal players of COE, sit in on rehearsals, have one-to-one tuition and chamber music coaching. Importantly, these students are given the opportunity to travel ‘on tour’ with the Orchestra to experience the orchestra’s idealism and unique ethos: to share the member’s passion for making music at the highest level with like-minded friends from diverse European backgrounds.

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