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

Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme

In 2012 the Philharmonia Chorus launched its Student Scheme to sit between its pool of high quality amateur singers and its highly regarded Professional Singer Scheme. The Scheme provides an opportunity for young singers to gain experience of rehearsals and concerts of international standard both in the UK and abroad. We regard it as the first rung on the professional ladder. The Chorus rehearses in central London.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from singers:

  • who are studying at music colleges and universities
  • who have recently graduated
  • who are studying privately with a view to becoming professional singers

Those selected from the Scheme for concerts will be paid a fee for each project, depending on the work and the rehearsal requirements. The fee is never less than the London Living Wage for each hour of rehearsal and performance.

Members of the Student Scheme are full members of the Chorus with voting rights at the Annual General Meeting. There is a Student Singer on the Council of Management.

You can see what it is like to be a member of the Student Scheme here:


Singers will be required to sing a Lied of their own choice, in German, by either Brahms, Schubert, Schumann or Wolf, plus the following aria from the Bach Magnificat:

Soprano No.3 Quia respexit humilitatem
Alto No.9 Esurientes implevit bonis
Tenor No.8 Deposuit potentes

Basses will be required to sing Großer Herr' from the Weihnachtsoratorium (in German).

Singers will also be asked to sight read.

How to apply

Please email a copy of your current CV to our Auditions Coordinator Ayano Sasaki-Crawley