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MMus/MPerf in Performance (Guildhall Artist Masters): Orchestral Artistry

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

  • Location

    Guildhall School of Music & Drama

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the programme

Orchestral Artistry is an exciting professional specialism for advanced instrumentalists seeking a career in orchestral playing. Part of the Guildhall Artist Masters programme and delivered in association with one of the world’s leading orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), it offers a course of study which is both highly distinctive and ground-breaking in scope, in a context akin to a professional environment.

Students take part in orchestral repertoire training, audition preparation and practice and coaching sessions with LSO players, as well as LSO rehearsal sit-ins, masterclasses and education and community projects.

The London Symphony Orchestra

Orchestral Artistry is delivered in association with the London Symphony Orchestra, Resident Orchestra at the Barbican in London where it performs around 70 concerts a year, alongside extensive international touring. Widely acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the LSO has an enviable family of artists, with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director, Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth as Principal Guest Conductors and Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate.

Pierre Boulez famously described the orchestra as ‘an ensemble of possibilities’ and Orchestral Artistry embodies this challenge. The programme focuses on orchestral training, education and outreach and early career support for the orchestral players of the future.

Orchestral Artistry focuses on excellence in performance, core musicianship skills and leadership and communication. You will be trained to devise and deliver an LSO Discovery workshop for primary schoolchildren.

Performance opportunities

Guildhall performance opportunities on this programme embrace a variety of orchestral contexts, including Symphony Orchestra concerts in the Barbican, and the opera orchestra for productions by the School’s acclaimed Opera department. There is a full programme of chamber music, new music, historically-informed performance and interdisciplinary practice.

Additionally, Orchestral Artistry students will have occasional opportunities to perform in LSO Discovery concerts and the annual Trafalgar Square concert.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 22,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

  • Campus address

    Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Silk Street, City of London, EC2Y 8DT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    20th out of 85 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    147 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    92 92%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%



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