Lower Sixth musician selected for prestigious London Philharmonic Orchestra Scheme

Talented Lower Sixth musician, Antonia applied, auditioned and has been selected for the prestigious London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) Junior Artist Scheme 2019/20

24 September 2019

Antonia is one of just eight young musicians from across the UK who will be welcomed into the wonderful world of the LPO over the next academic year to be given an insight into the industry and the daily life of a professional orchestra, as well as support and advice from an LPO player mentor. Antonia is currently also a student at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, a Music Scholar and last year, she was awarded a Distinction in the dipABRSM. 

Director of Music, Dr Charlotte Exon said, “We are delighted that Antonia has been chosen to join the London Philharmonic Orchestra Junior Artist 2019-20 Scheme. It is a fantastic orchestral scheme for exceptional musicians and I know that she will gain invaluable experience and insights from working with one of the world’s finest symphony orchestras. It is wonderful to be able to support and nurture our musicians, opening doors to an exciting and vibrant musical opportunity to enable them to become the musicians they would like to be. 

As part of the scheme, Antonia will also be invited to take part in wider skills-based workshops, work experience behind the scenes, concert visits and to meet artists. In April 2020, the Junior Artists will perform in a pre-concert event at the Royal Festival Hall.  

Antonia said, “I think that this scheme will help me to acquire an in-depth knowledge of not only musicianship and performing, but also important wider professional skills such as auditions and interviews. As I am not yet sure which career path I am heading for, the Scheme will be extremely useful as it allows you to experience the day-to-day life of a musician in a professional orchestra. I am looking forward to playing with the orchestra members and especially to the one-on-one sessions with some of the greatest players in the country. Most importantly, I look forward to passing on my love and passion for music to a younger generation. I’d like to thank my teacher Mr James Turnbull for introducing me to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the music staff at Downe House for enabling me to grow as a musician and always setting the sky as the limit.” 

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