Our collaborative partnerships with professional orchestras and ensembles give Academy students exceptional experience from the core of the music business, as well as valuable personal contacts.

LSO String Experience Scheme

Each September, following nomination from the Head of Strings, senior string students are auditioned by LSO players for the opportunity to participate in the scheme. 
Students on the scheme have the opportunity to rehearse and play in a small selection of LSO concerts and thus gain valuable professional experience.  

Britten Sinfonia Apprentice Scheme

This partnership with the Britten Sinfonia – the Associate Ensemble at the Barbican – was launched in September 2013. Following a series of workshops on music for chamber orchestra, a panel from the Britten Sinfonia select a number of senior Academy string students to become Britten Sinfonia Apprentices for the academic year. As apprentices, they will work alongside the Britten Sinfonia for a year, being mentored by their strings principals and acting as mentors themselves to the Britten Sinfonia Academy for young players in East Anglia.

Philharmonia Orchestra Wind side-by-side 

In 2014 a side-by-side scheme for Academy wind players was launched by the Philharmonia Orchestra. A number of projects take place each year where senior wind students are coached by Philharmonia Principals and then have the opportunity to attend Philharmonia rehearsals and sit within the section.

London Sinfonietta regular side-by-side projects

Side-by-side performances with London Sinfonietta have been a regular part of the Academy’s performance calendar since 2002. Major projects have included: 

  • Stockhausen’s Gruppen (2013, Royal Festival Hall)
  • Nono’s Promoteo (UK premiere 2008, Royal Festival Hall) 
  • Grisey’s Les espaces acoustiques (UK premiere 2008, Queen Elizabeth Hall)
  • Pärt’s LamenTate (world premiere 2003, Tate Modern)

Other notable side-by-side performance projects have included:

  • Britten Sinfonia – side-by-side on Melencolia I as part of the Sir Harrison Birtwistle at 80 celebrations at the Barbican in May 2014.
  • City of London Sinfonia – side-by-side on orchestral works by Nicholas Maw at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in October 2011.
  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group – side-by-side performance on Stockhausen’s Tierkreis (Zodiac), conducted by Oliver Knussen, as part of the 2009 Aldeburgh Festival.