Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Apprenticeship Scheme

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is proud to work with colleagues from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to deliver the RSNO/RCS Apprenticeship Scheme.

The RSNO/RCS Apprenticeship scheme bridges the transition between conservatoire student performance and professional experience for young musicians showing great promise as orchestral musicians. The programme is designed to nurture and develop talented young orchestral players, kick starting their experience with a professional orchestra.

Each year students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are invited to audition for the apprenticeship scheme in the same way that the RSNO would execute auditions for real vacancies within the Orchestra, with candidates being set challenging solo and orchestral repertoire and being presented with sight-reading in the audition.

All candidates are provided with panel reports regarding their audition with suggestions of ways to improve audition technique and etiquette. Successful students are then invited to rehearse with the RSNO for three different and exciting projects throughout the Season and receive advice and mentoring from RSNO musicians.

In addition to the ongoing apprenticeship scheme, the RCS and RSNO also run an annual Side-by-Side day in which each RSNO musician sits alongside a player from the RCS Symphony Orchestra to perform major works from the orchestral repertoire, directed by an RSNO conductor. The Orchestra also has a long-standing partnership with the RCS conducting department, and each year a day is dedicated to offering the Masters students and Conducting Fellows the chance to conduct the full RSNO.

The RCS Apprenticeship Scheme is open to students on the BMus Hons and MMus courses. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please speak to your course tutor or click here to email Gemma Carlin at the RCS.