Orchestral Artistry

Part of MusM/MPerf in Performance (Guildhall Artist Masters)

Orchestral Artistry is an exciting professional specialism for instrumentalists seeking a career in orchestral playing, reflecting what it is to be a 21st century musician.

Part of the Guildhall Artist Masters programme, it offers a course of study which is both highly distinctive and ground-breaking in its scope, in a context akin to a professional environment.

The aim of the programme is to produce fully-rounded, excellent players who have acquired the professional and entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and capability to become high achieving 21st century musicians.

As part of the programme, students receive individual tuition from the Guildhall School’s professors or an LSO player who is also a Guildhall professor.

'Getting to work with someone like Sir Simon Rattle – who you see at the Proms, who’s always in the news, and is such a huge figure in classical music; that’s an incredible opportunity that I never would have had if I hadn’t been on this course.'

Rosie Bowker, Orchestral Artistry flute

They can also participate in:

  • Orchestral training, sectionals and audition training from Guildhall professors and a variety of LSO players
  • Masterclasses and chamber coachings, either as an observer or a performer, with a variety of LSO players and guest artists, plus Artist Conversations with the LSO’s international guest artists
  • LSO Schools and Family concerts, either as an observer or a performer
  • Education and community projects alongside LSO players, including coaching younger musicians
  • Privileged access to LSO rehearsals.

In addition, the Barbican International Associates (Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others) each undertake biennial residencies at the School. Their musicians deliver a number of masterclasses throughout the year.

Performance opportunities

'When you play next to the wonderful players from LSO, you learn all the time, and everything they do, you try to bring to your own playing. The opportunities I’ve had so far have taught me so much.'

Oskari Hanhikoshi, Orchestral Artistry double bass

Performance opportunities on this course embrace a variety of orchestral contexts, including Guildhall Symphony Orchestra concerts in the Barbican, and the Opera orchestra for productions by the School’s acclaimed Opera department. Recent visiting conductors have included the LSO’s Music Director designate Sir Simon Rattle, as well as Sir Antonio Pappano and Bernard Haitink. There is a full programme of chamber music, new music, historically-informed performance and interdisciplinary practice. A diverse programme of core and elective modules from the Guildhall Artist Masters programme enable students to further develop skills in practical subjects and research.

Find out more and apply

Visit gsmd.ac.uk/orchestralartistry for further information and to apply.

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