The London Philharmonic Orchestra has launched its new LPO Junior Artists Programme, an orchestral initiative aimed at talented young musicians from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in professional UK orchestras.
The new scheme aims at to address the lack of diversity among UK professional orchestral musicians by providing support, advice and professional insight.
This is aimed at under-represented students of Grade 7 or above standard, aged 15-19, who are considering studying music at a music conservatoire or university.
Eight junior artists have been recruited for this pilot year with full activities running from January to June 2017.
Timothy Walker, chief executive officer (CEO), said: ‘The LPO Junior Artists Programme is the logical extension of the orchestra’s education work across South London that for many years has brought world-class musicians and educators to schools across the region, and our professional development schemes such as Foyle Future Firsts.
‘The LPO believes that it has a duty to provide pathways into the profession for talented young players from all backgrounds. Everyone at the LPO looks forward to watching the progress of our first eight musicians on the scheme and planning on its expansion from autumn 2017.’
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Meanwhile, BBC Radio 3 has launched a new research project with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find and record lost compositions by female composers.
The project, which is also being led by BBC Wales and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, is part of the station’s ongoing commitment to supporting diversity within classical music.