Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales
Chorus Master: Gavin Carr
Accompanist: Timothy End
Arts Council England

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 be willing to fit in with a chorus of this structure. The Scheme has been running since 2010, with impressive results. Though principally providing choral opportunities, opportunities arise also for singers to audition for solo parts in the Chorus's own concerts, and for other promoters. 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

Baritones: Bach Mass in B minor, From the Credo, No 7 Et in spiritum sanctum

Basses and Bass-Baritones: Bach Mass in B minor, No.11 Quoniam tu solus sanctus

and a song of your own choice by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler or Berg.

Applicants 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,, 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 questions, or would like to contact a professional singer already in the Scheme, you can telephone Christopher on 020 7250 0513 or 07941 383267.