Manchester Camerata

Our Professional Experience Scheme with Manchester Camerata enables students to experience working with a pioneering chamber orchestra, which is redefining what an orchestra can do.

String students have the opportunity to audition with Manchester Camerata musicians, who will select one of each string instrument to join them for rehearsals and performances throughout the year.

A conductor conducts a string orchestra.

Students benefit from being involved with an orchestra which creates inspiring experiences through music, with an innovative approach to the traditional classical music perception. Collaborating with a wide spectrum of artists, the repertoire is varied and provides a significant learning experience.

Successful students will join Manchester Camerata for a number of patches of work, rehearsing and performing as part of the orchestra. Joining the orchestra multiple times enables students to build on what they have learnt in previous patches and provides the experience of what it’s like to be a freelance musician, helping them to develop the skills needed to adapt quickly to any environment. Those who are on the scheme will receive feedback throughout, with advice and support from Manchester Camerata players.

As part of our performance programme, senior students may also be involved in a short performance project led by Manchester Camerata principals. This exciting opportunity attempts to replicate a professional schedule, typically involving two days of rehearsals, followed by a public lunchtime concert. And the orchestra is also very much involved with our conducting programmes. Student conductors have the opportunity to work with them in masterclasses and the Junior Fellow in Conducting often conducts a project with a 50/50 Camerata/RNCM orchestra.

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