ChamberStudio Mentorship Scheme 2014/15
The ChamberStudio Mentorship Scheme provides the opportunity for up to three outstanding UK-based chamber ensembles in the early post-college stages of their career to study in depth for a year with a chosen ChamberStudio Professor in a flexible yet structured setting. The scheme runs from October to July in parallel with the ChamberStudio Masterclass programme, and is free of charge to all participants.
Applications are welcome from talented professional UK-based chamber ensembles whose members have left music college/university within the past 3 years*. The group must have been playing together for a minimum of one year and share a desire to make chamber music the highest priority in their career.
The 2014/15 Mentorship will run from October 2014 to July 2015. Subject to funding it will include:
- 36 hours of masterclasses between October and June, with a mentor to be agreed as part of the application, and other teachers chosen through discussion with the mentor.
- Two intensive 3-day residential courses for all the Mentorship groups together, in October 2014 and July 2015, with a concert to end the second.
- £2000 towards other development agreed with the mentor. This might include, for example, a recording, a trip abroad to work with a particular teacher, or individual instrumental lessons deemed helpful for the group’s playing as a whole.
- Audio/video recording of concerts and masterclasses to aid future rehearsals and coaching.
- General advice and discussion sessions with ChamberStudio’s Artistic Director, Richard Ireland, to include help with career planning, dilemmas arising from group dynamics, critical listening etc.
- A final day of the Mentorship using Hall One and Hall Two at Kings Place, open to the public, with masterclasses for all the Mentorship groups including those selected for the 2015/16 Mentorship, public Q&A sessions, and finishing with a concert in Hall One.
Up to three groups will be selected to take part in the Mentorship Scheme. Groups may be trios or quartets.
As part of accepting a place on the scheme, you must agree to perform without a fee if invited to participate in ChamberStudio concerts such as the Annual Concert in Hall One at Kings Place or in any fundraising concerts during the year. You must also agree to commit to the important dates of the Mentorship year such as the residential courses in October and July and the final day at Kings Place (unless other unmovable commitments are already in place at the time of application). For the Hall One concert on the final day, we ask each group to commit to bringing a minimum of 30 ticketed audience members to help us to finance this event. You must also be willing to meet and chat with our funders and members of our Supporters’ Circle at such events.
* This applies to the majority of players in the ensemble and we will consider special cases.