Phase 1 - Auditions
Instrumentalists from Cheshire East (studying in years 11-13) who may be considering a path with a focus on musical performance, following an application, will be invited to attend an audition. These will be led by RNCM tutors and take place at the RNCM in Manchester. The auditions will provide the opportunity for the young musicians to perform a piece to the RNCM tutor and receive constructive feedback. Auditions are open to pupils studying all orchestral instrumental and vocal disciplines.
Each audition would last 15-20 minutes and all students would receive feedback regarding the strengths of their performance and next steps for future development.
Auditions and appropriate travel expenses for students will be paid for by the Love Music Trust.
Phase 2 - Individual lessons (for students selected from phase 1)
Following on from the auditions up to 25 pupils will be invited to receive 1-1 lessons with RNCM instrumental / vocal tutors.
The pupils will be chosen by the RNCM tutors based on the first phase of auditions and the one hour lessons will take place at the RNCM.
These lessons will be paid for by the Love Music Trust. Additionally reasonable travel expenses will similarly be covered for the pupils participating.
The hour long lessons will have two foci: firstly that of considering and working on pieces played at the first audition or other associated repertoire or technique as required; secondly to look at repertoire that an RNCM ensemble / choir will be rehearsing at a future date.
Phase 3 - Participation in an RNCM ensemble / choir rehearsal (for students who receive 1-1 lessons during phase 2 above)
Following on from the 1-1 lessons with RNCM tutors, students will then have the opportunity to participate in an RNCM ensemble / choir rehearsal alongside regular Royal Northern College of Music students.
The benefits of this opportunity where younger musicians may get to appreciate the challenges and expectations of following a musical path in further education will hopefully be both inspiring and affirming.