For the halls you haven’t yet filled, the music you haven’t yet played, the connections you haven’t yet made…

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

Below are some of the ensembles and orchestras we’re lucky enough to work with – because your future is music’s future.

London Philharmonic Orchestra Orchestral Mentoring Scheme

In 2018, the Academy and London Philharmonic Orchestra committed to working together on a new orchestral mentoring scheme. As part of the scheme, Academy orchestral students are offered an annual programme of mentoring and professional development activity, including mock auditions and workshops.

LSO String Experience Scheme

Each September, after being nominated by the Head of Strings, senior string students are auditioned by London Symphony Orchestra players. Students on the scheme then rehearse and play in a selection of LSO concerts and thus gain valuable professional experience.

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Philharmonia Orchestra wind and brass side-by-sides

In 2014, the Philharmonia Orchestra launched a side-by-side scheme for Academy wind players on major orchestral repertoire. A number of projects take place each year, where senior wind students are coached by Philharmonia principals and then sit within the Philharmonia wind section to play and observe at a selected rehearsal session. The scheme was expanded in 2018 for Academy brass students.

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Since 2018, Academy orchestral students have performed side-by-side with the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov in London and Prague. Principals from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra are in residence at the Academy each year to work with wind, brass and string students in masterclasses, auditions, chamber music and instrumental ensemble workshops and concerts.

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Since 2018, principal players from the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra have worked with Academy wind, brass and percussion students on orchestral repertoire linked to their London concerts.

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, a panel from the Britten Sinfonia selects senior Academy string students to become Britten Sinfonia Apprentices for the academic year. As apprentices, they will work alongside the Britten Sinfonia, being mentored by their strings principals and acting as mentors themselves to the Britten Sinfonia Academy for young players in East Anglia.

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 Donnerstag aus Licht (2019, Royal Festival Hall)
  • Stockhausen's Trans (2017, Royal Festival Hall)
  • Thomas Adès's In Seven Days (2017, Royal Festival Hall)
  • 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)
  • Arvo Pärt’s LamenTate (world premiere 2003, Tate Modern)

Nash Ensemble

The Nash Ensemble was founded at the Academy in 1964. In 2017, a side-by-side scheme was created where Academy instrumentalists are coached by and perform alongside members of the Nash Ensemble in an annual concert at the Wigmore Hall. In 2019, the scheme was expanded to provide opportunities for composition students to write for these side-by-side concerts.

Royal Ballet Sinfonia scheme

String students have annual access to the Royal Ballet Sinfonia side-by-side scheme. RBS project rehearsals take place in a variety of venues across London, along with workshops and audition coaching within the Academy. Many of our students are subsequently invited to an extra-work audition, through which numerous alumni have gained professional employment.

Linn Records

The Academy works with Linn Records to produce professional, commercially available recordings. In addition to Academy ensemble recordings, such as the Academy Soloists Ensemble with Trevor Pinnock and Gabrieli Brass with Reinhold Friedrich and The Juilliard School, the Academy’s Bicentenary Scholars can record a digital release, available through Apple Music and other digital channels.