The RNCM/Hallé Advanced Orchestral Strings Programme is for outstanding violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players looking to secure a successful orchestral career.

The deadline for applications is Friday 5 January 2024 at 5pm.

Applicants are invited to apply for the RNCM / Hallé Advanced Orchestral Strings Programme.

The programme of study will run over one academic year and is based in the vibrant cultural city of Manchester. Students will receive tuition, mentoring and extensive professional experience.

A limited number of chairs will be available in September 2024 for outstanding violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players who are eligible to work in the UK from September 2024. Applicants should have recently completed, or are in the process of completing postgraduate studies at a recognized UK, EU or International University or Conservatoire.

It is essential that applicants ensure they are eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the course. This is a legal requirement for acceptance onto this course. A student visa/sponsorship is not available on this programme.

Successful applicants must be prepared to spend a large proportion of the year in Manchester, completing a set minimum number of sessions with the Hallé. Students are mentored by and work in close collaboration with the Hallé’s section leaders. Places will be awarded by audition, and after a one-day trial in Manchester.

The programme of study includes a guaranteed minimum of £5,000 paid work with the Hallé. As well as extensive professional orchestral experience and high profile public performances, students further develop their skills with RNCM instrumental tuition, ensemble leadership, chamber music, coaching, and education workshop delivery. A large number of alumni now enjoy successful careers with the Hallé and orchestras around the world.

The RNCM and the Hallé are committed to reflecting the great diversity of Greater Manchester in all areas of their work. This programme of study is open to all talented string players, and we guarantee an inclusive environment, where everyone can develop to their full potential.

To ensure that all applicants are given equal opportunity and that our organisations are representative of all sections of society, all applicants are automatically considered at audition stage for a bursary of up to £1,000 to support the cost of course fees.

Successful applicants are also invited to apply for the Charles Hallé Award (a bursary of up to £3,000) during the year of study to support their participation and career development.