Mentorships offer ensembles the opportunity to design a tailor-made set of masterclasses with a chosen Mentor over a period of up to six months. The masterclasses are held in the studios at Kings Place on weekday evenings and at weekends and are open to observers.
Mentorships are open to professional chamber ensembles no longer supported in further education. We welcome applications from all instrument combinations.
When you apply you will be invited to a Consultation with Artistic Director Richard Ireland. This also serves as an audition for ensembles applying to ChamberStudio for the first time. The Consultation consists of a one-hour coaching session followed by a 30-minute discussion to agree details of the Mentorship – including the following decisions:
· Specific aspects of playing the ensemble wants to focus on, and what repertoire to include
· Choice of Mentor
· How many 3-hour masterclasses (minimum three, maximum six)
Choice of Mentor will usually come from ChamberStudio’s list of Mentors, but in some circumstances it is possible to suggest a musician who is not currently on the list and this can be included in the Consultation discussion.
The ChamberStudio year is divided into two 6-month seasons:
Autumn Mentorships: 1 August – 31 January with application deadline 1 July
Spring Mentorships: 1 February – 31 July with application deadline 5 January
Ensembles accepted onto the Mentorship Programme might also be invited to participate in the Visiting Professor Series, to play in a Hall One Masterclass, or be offered a Residency.
· Consultation/Review (90 minutes): £60
· Mentorship Masterclass (3 hours): £120 per masterclass
· Visiting Professor Series Masterclass: £60 per hour
· Hall One Masterclass: free
· Residency: free (except for travel costs to and from)