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Newham Philharmonic

A new orchestra for young Londoners

Are you 16 – 25, grade 8 plus and want to play with a professional conductor at some of London’s most exciting venues? Then we want to hear from you!

Newham Philharmonic is a brand new orchestra for young Londoners and those further-afield.

Under the baton of Matthew Scott Rogers (Royal Ballet) Newham Philharmonic made their world debut in April 2016 at Barbican Centre and Lister School with a performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

For their Autumn course, Newham Philharmonic will perform Beethoven Symphony no. 6 at Lister Community School and at Kings Place on the 28 and 29 October 2016 resepectively.

Applicant requirements

  • 16-25 years old

  • Play one of the following orchestral instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Timpani.

  • Grade 8 standard or above. You may apply if you have not passed the exam, but your instrumental teacher will have to provide a reference stating that you are of that standard.


  • Membership of the orchestra is free of charge.


  • Deadline for applications is 14 September, we are currently only looking for string players

  • Rehearsals: 26, 27, 28 October 2016 Lister Community School

  • Performances: 3.30pm, 28 October 2016 at Lister Community School and 7.30pm, 29 October 2016 at Kings Place.


Click on the links below to download the accompanying documents

If you have any questions or trouble downloading the forms please contact us on

Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicLondon City AirportCity Of LondonArts Council England