String Experience

Established in 1992, the LSO String Experience scheme enables young string players at the start of their professional careers to gain work experience by playing in rehearsals and concerts with the LSO.

The scheme auditions students from the London music conservatoires: Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance, and 15 students per year are selected to participate in the scheme. Participants are treated as professional 'extra' players (additional to LSO members) and receive fees for their work in line with LSO section players. The scheme presents an invaluable opportunity to tap into the knowledge of the LSO musicians and make long-lasting contacts.

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String Experience 2017/18: Participants and mentors 

Player Mentors

Maxine Kwok-Adams (first violins)
Sarah Quinn (second violins)
Robert Turner (violas)
Hilary Jones (cellos)
Tom Goodman (double basses)

2017/18 Participants

Violin
Aliayta Foon-Dancoes (Royal Academy of Music)
Ruth Heney (Guildhall School)
Eriko Nagayama (Royal Academy of Music)
Yoonso Cho (Royal College of Music)
Liza Tyun (Royal College of Music)

Viola
Alexander McFarlane (Guildhall School)
Nathalie Marie Pearson Green-Buckley (Royal Academy of Music)
Joanna Patrick (Royal College of Music)

Cello
Thomas Isaac (Royal Academy of Music)
Joel Siepmann (Royal Academy of Music)
Cho Ki Jacky Siu (Guildhall School)

Bass
Alexandre Cruz dos Santos (Guildhall School)
Owen Nicolaou (Royal College of Music)
Mario Torres Valdivieso (Guildhall School)

How to apply

If you are a string player at a London music college, please speak to a member of your faculty staff.

Auditions for 2018/19 will take place at the start of the autumn 2018 term following coaching sessions with LSO musicians to help with certain aspects of the audition repertoire.


The LSO String Experience Scheme is generously supported by the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, Thistle Trust and The Polonsky Foundation. 

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