Talent Development

Pit Perfect

Glyndebourne’s development scheme for young professional instrumentalists.

Glyndebourne is offering postgraduate instrumentalists the opportunity for paid engagement with the Tour Orchestra for a concentrated period during the 2021 Tour from late September until early December.

Successful applicants will join the orchestra for at least one of the three autumn productions.

Participants to the Scheme will be mentored by a member of the orchestra and receive further opportunities including: one to one lessons, the chance to sit in on extra rehearsals/performances and to participate in seminars on life in the music profession.

We are seeking applicants, for the following instruments ONLY:

Violin (2)
Viola (1)
Cello (1)
Double bass (1)
Trumpet (1)
Classical guitar (2)

Applications from other instruments will NOT be accepted.

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.

Deadline for Applications: 31 March 2021

Applications are open to the following only:

(a) Students finishing their studies (graduate or postgraduate) during 2021 or

(b) Any player who has completed their studies (graduate or postgraduate) NO EARLIER THAN summer 2020 or

(c) Any player who was selected for audition for the scheme in 2020

We can only accept applications from instrumentalists who are British based.

All applicants must be available for rehearsals and performances with the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra from 26 September 2021 until 4 December 2021.

Application requirements

The initial selection process will require applicants to fill out the application form and submit the following by 31 March 2021:

  • CV (to include orchestral and chamber music experience to date where applicable)
  • Two references from musicians of standing (the applicants must provide and upload the references
  • High quality AUDIO ONLY recording (MP3) containing not more than 15 minutes of music, preferably including two contrasting works of your own choice, with or without accompaniment.

Applicants will be notified if they are to be invited to audition by the middle of April 2021 and successful candidates will be invited to audition in London during early May 2021.

If you have any enquiries, please email: pit.perfect@glyndebourne.com

Glyndebourne is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a Registered Charity. We promote equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace and actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply for vacancies, including ethnically diverse candidates and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds who are currently under-represented in our sector.

To help us monitor the effectiveness of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our supporting policies and procedures, we ask all job applicants to complete our anonymised and confidential Equal Opportunities monitoring form.

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