EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH ORCHESTRA & BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCE NEW APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME

EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH ORCHESTRA & BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

ANNOUNCE NEW APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME

 

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership creating an apprenticeship scheme open to EUYO musicians who will be able to compete to be selected to play for a number of Budapest Festival Orchestra 2014/15 season projects, arranged under the overall direction of Budapest Festival Orchestra Music Director Ivan Fischer. Under the scheme, members from the 2013/14 EUYO  and musicians auditioning for the EUYO to become members in the 2014/15 season will be able to apply as apprentices to join the Budapest Festival Orchestra for up to 10-12 weeks’ work during the BFO's 2014/15 season.

 

The EUYO will draw up a shortlist of finalists from those applying, and the finalists will audition for Maestro Fischer.

 

Successful candidates will be paid as normal members of the BFO, with travel and accommodation costs also covered, and will gain invaluable professional experience working with one of Europe's – and the world’s – top orchestras, during one season.

All musicians who performed as part of the 2013/14 EUYO and those applying to audition for the 2014/15 EUYO will be eligible to apply for this apprenticeship scheme, and there will be a space on each 2014/15 EUYO application form for candidates to indicate their interest. Full members from the 2013/14 EUYO and reserve members who took part in the summer 2013 tour who are not reapplying for the EUYO in 2014/15 should send an email to Benjamin Noakes, EUYO Projects & Orchestra Manager (ben@euyo.org.uk) to register their interest by 31 January 2014. From the list of candidates who apply, an EUYO panel will nominate around 6-10 interested musicians to audition for the scheme in Budapest, from which Maestro Fischer will make his selection. The number of those selected by Maestro Fischer will vary from year to year, and it is possible that in some years no one applying will be chosen. Preference on the scheme is likely to be given to musicians nearing the end of their study, but this should not preclude younger candidates from applying. Inclusion may be limited to certain instruments, but for now anyone interested should apply, and further updates (including the final apprenticeship scheme audition date in Budapest) will be given in due course.