Glyndebourne scheme to help young professional musicians

Glyndebourne’s development scheme for young professional instrumentalists, which offers paid engagement with the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra, is now open for applications.

Pit Perfect
Pit Perfect

Spokeswoman Kate Harvey explains: “Pit Perfect was established in 2018 to offer newly-graduated players real-world professional work experience over a concentrated three-month period.

“Successful applicants will join the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra for at least one of three productions being rehearsed and performed at Glyndebourne and venues around England between late September and early December 2021.

“In addition, participants will receive mentoring from an established orchestra member and benefit from access to other development opportunities including one-to-one lessons, the chance to sit in on extra rehearsals or performances and seminars on life in the music profession.

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    “This year, the Pit Perfect scheme is seeking applicants for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, trumpet and classical guitar.”

    The deadline for applications is March 31 2021. Visit

    In 2021 Pit Perfect is recruiting for the following instruments: violin (x2), viola (x1), cello (x1), bass (x1), trumpet (x1), classical guitar (x2). Applications from other instrumentalists will not be accepted.

    Applications are open to the following only: students finishing their studies (graduate or postgraduate) during 2021 or any player who has completed their studies (graduate or postgraduate) no earlier than summer 2020 or any player who was selected for audition for the scheme in 2020.

    Glyndebourne can accept applications only from instrumentalists who are based in the UK.

    All applicants must be available for rehearsals and performances with the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra from September 26 to December 4 2021.

    Applicants will be notified if they are to be invited to audition by the middle of April 2021.

    Successful candidates will be invited to audition in London during early May 2021.

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