Talent Development

Pit Perfect

Glyndebourne’s development scheme for young professional instrumentalists.

Pit Perfect offers young recently graduated professional instrumentalists the opportunity to join the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra as it travels the country, gaining their first professional operatic experience.

The players participate on an equal footing with other members of the Tour Orchestra and are paid for their participation. We offer places to selected instrumentalists each year depending on our repertoire and which positions are available. Participants are mentored by a member of the orchestra and receive further opportunities including one-to-one lessons, and the chance to sit in on extra rehearsals/performances. They also participate in seminars on life in the music profession.

No other scheme in the country offers newly graduated players real-world professional work experience over a concentrated three-month period by putting them straight in at the deep end – the fastest way to learn.


This year, following extensive auditions, we are delighted to welcome these outstanding young players to the Tour Orchestra for our production of La bohème:

Caroline Heard violin
Inis Oírr Asano viola
Francesca Lombardelli percussion
Shizuku Tatsuno cello
Olivia Fraser oboe
Sirius Chau flute
Anthony Poon violin
Ketan Curtis bass
Andrea Domínguez de Dios percussion
James Gilbert clarinet
Nick Budd trumpet
Iona McDonald violin

We are also very excited to see six former Pit Perfect players returning to join the Tour Orchestra this year, five of them as Principal or Sub Principal players: Haim Choi joins us as Principal 1st Violin sitting with our Leader, Richard Milone; Victoria Gill as Sub Principal Violin; Nathalie Green-Buckley in the Violas; Joe Cowie as Sub Principal Double Bass; Adam Wood as Principal Trumpet and Phil Entwistle as Principal Bass Trombone.


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