Student Scheme

First-study string students from London conservatoires (RCM, RAM, GSMD and Trinity) are invited to apply for the orchestra's unique string scheme. The orchestra pays a small number of students £30 per rehearsal and £70 for the concert day.

You must attend all rehearsals. We may hold auditions for these positions, which will be similar to those for professional orchestras to give experience and confidence in preparation for professional auditions.

Award Scheme

The orchestra offers two annual prizes (a 'scholarship' of £400 and 'exhibition' of £250) to two string students. We welcome candidates, and encourage them to play for more than the minimum number of obligatory rehearsals.

The winners are chosen each summer from those who have played in one or more of the season's concerts. 

If you would like to know more about being a paid string student, or about our award scheme, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.