The Junior Academy First String Experience (FSE) and First Guitar Experience (FGE) courses were established to provide early years string and classical guitar training for young children with no previous experience on these instruments.

Applications for the ballot in September 2022 are now closed. All places have been given out and we are not taking any further children onto the waiting list.

The next entry point will be September 2023 and the 2023 application forms will be available from mid-October 2022. To apply for the 2023 ballot please note the strict date of birth criteria below:

  • First String Experience: child must be born between 1 June 2018 and 31 May 2019
  • First Guitar Experience: child must be born between 1 June 2016 and 31 May 2017