The Philharmonia is delighted to announce the Orchestra is one of 20 organisations to have been awarded £1.7m in funding over three years through a new National Grants Programme from Help Musicians UK, an initiative aimed at creating opportunities for and empowering musicians in their careers across the whole of the UK.

The £86,895 grant for the Philharmonia will support the Orchestra’s recently relaunched MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme. The programme supports instrumentalists who are seeking an orchestral career, both supporting their musical development and providing them with an awareness of how an orchestra runs and their role within it.

During the course of the two year programme, recipients receive mentoring and advice from Philharmonia musicians; a masterclass programme; a number of paid dates with the Orchestra working with some of the world’s top conductors; paid project work with the Education department to learn from expert workshop leaders and animateurs; and recital opportunities.

The new Fellows will also be expected to give back to a younger generation of instrumentalists through participating on a range of Philharmonia coaching projects with its Music Hub, School and Higher Education partners across its Residencies, thereby contributing to the Orchestra’s widening access and sector diversity initiatives.

Philharmonia Orchestra Education Director Alexandra Brierley said: “We are delighted that Help Musicians UK have decided to support the Philharmonia's Instrumental Fellowship Programme. This will enable us to significantly increase our offer to young orchestral musicians at the very start of their careers, and to put in place a training scheme that will encompass a broad spectrum of opportunities, so that young musicians can hone their skills and develop their understanding of what it means to be a 21st century orchestral musician.

“In addition, HMUK's support will allow the Philharmonia to offer its existing membership a range of Continued Professional Development sessions, including enhancing their learning and outreach skills.”

Richard Robinson, Help Musicians UK Chief Executive, commented: “Supporting and enabling these organisations to develop and grow reflects HMUK’s commitment to sustaining the sector and ensuring that there continues to be innovative and impactful opportunities for music makers across the UK. The combined investment of £1.7m over three years will ensure that more musicians can be reached in areas of the UK where we have had little impact in the past.”

Claire Gevaux, HMUK Creative Director, added: “We are delighted to be supporting these 20 organisations that will open doors for many more musicians over the next three years in this crucial time of uncertainty. We have been on an incredible journey over the past year creating and opening up our new funding programme for organisations which will realise our ambitions over the next five years.”

The Philharmonia Orchestra’s MMSF Instrumental Fellowship programme is the successor to the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, which, administered by the Philharmonia Orchestra, has given invaluable support to countless young musicians since 1968. Its founder and benefactor provided enough money to enable exceptionally talented students to bridge the difficult gap between full-time study and professional status.

Many Martin Musical Scholarship Fund award winners have gone on to extremely successful orchestral or solo careers. Alumni include Alison Balsom, Natalie Clein, Michael Collins, Alina Ibragimova, Steven Isserlis, Freddy Kempf, Tasmin Little, Jennifer Pike and Laurence Power. Philharmonia Orchestra players have also been beneficiaries such as current members Byron Fulcher and Mark van de Wiel.


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