Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme

How the scheme works

The Philharmonia Chorus is made up of professional, student and high quality amateur singers. A professional singer successful at audition becomes a member of our Professional Singer Scheme. Depending on the demands of an engagement, a certain number of singers will be selected from the Scheme and individually contracted to take part on the basis of attendance at specified rehearsals. It is important that singers have the right attitude to be able and willing to fit in with a chorus of mainly amateur singers. The Scheme has been running since 2010, with impressive results. As well as providing choral opportunities for singers, it has provided opportunities also for singers to audition for solo parts in the Chorus’s own promotion concerts. Singers are paid Equity rates for rehearsals and concerts

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from singers in the first 10 years of their professional singing career.


Applicants will need to sing the following arias:

Sopranos: Bach Cantata No.51, Aria No. 1, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
Altos: Bach St John Passion, Aria No. 30, Es ist vollbracht
Tenors: Bach Christmas Oratorio, No.15, Frohe Hirten
Basses: Bach Mass in B minor, No.10,  Quoniam tu solus sanctus
and a song of your own choice by Schubert, Brahms, Schönberg or Britten.

All singers will be asked to sight read.

How singers can apply

To apply for an audition, please e-mail your CV to the administrator of the Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme, Christopher Hollis, christopher.hollis@philharmoniachorus.co.uk, along with an audio clip of up to a maximum of 4 minutes of repertory of your choice (if necessary, shorn of any lengthy introductory accompaniment).

If you have any particular questions, or would like to contact a professional singer who is already in the scheme, you can telephone Christopher on 020 7250 0513 or 07941 383 267.

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