As part of its ongoing commitment to nurturing new talent, the BBC Proms founded the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble in 2015.

The project offers talented young musicians the chance to participate for free in innovative performances, while developing their skills alongside professional musicians.

What is the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble?

The BBC Proms Youth Ensemble is a flexible ensemble of young musicians who participate in a bespoke project each summer in preparation for a performance at the Proms. The ensemble brings together talented young musicians from all over the UK and we work with music services and youth music organisations to reach young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to work with professional musicians and perform at this level.

This year, BBC Proms will be inviting up to 30 talented young musicians to join the 2018 ensemble and perform at the First Night of the Proms on 13 July. The ensemble will be part of a new commission titled Five Telegrams: an exciting collaboration between Anna Meredith and 59 Productions which uses the space of the Royal Albert Hall in innovative ways. The group will perform alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, conducted by Sakari Oramo.

What will the 2018 BBC Proms Youth Ensemble project involve?

In preparation for the First Night of the Proms, the Proms Youth Ensemble will work with a team of professional musicians, developing their performance skills and exploring Anna Meredith’s composition, before joining the full BBC Symphony Orchestra in rehearsals.

Who can join the 2018 BBC Proms Youth Ensemble?

Up to 30 musicians aged 16* to 25 from across the UK who are playing at a Grade 8 standard (or equivalent) or above in the following instruments:

  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Percussion

The project involves playing new music and the performance will be staged using the space of the Royal Albert Hall in an interesting way, so we are looking for committed and enthusiastic musicians who will rise to the challenge! This isn’t a competition and we’re keen to reach young people from all backgrounds who show promise but might not have had this kind of opportunity to perform with professional musicians.

Applicants must be available for rehearsals on all the following dates:

  • Sunday 17 June (full day)
  • Monday 9 July – Friday 13 July (full days Monday-Wednesday, evening only on the Thursday, afternoon & evening on the Friday)
  • *If you are 15 but turn 16 by 29 June 2018 you are eligible to apply.

How can I apply for the 2018 BBC Proms Youth Ensemble?

To apply to be involved in the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble 2018, please submit the following to Dropbox no later than 10 am on Thursday 10 May 2018:

A completed application form: download here

A video of you playing the relevant short extract below, to demonstrate your rhythmic ability.

  • Trumpet: download here
  • Trombone: download here
  • Euphonium: download here (treble clef version also available here)
  • Percussion: download here

A video of you playing c. 1 minute of a piece of your choice (this does not need to be accompanied)

You should upload your application form and videos to our Dropbox account via the relevant link below. Please make sure to name your video and form files in this format: Full name-instrument. This is to ensure your application can be identified.

  • Trumpet: upload here
  • Trombone: upload here
  • Euphonium: upload here
  • Percussion: upload here

The BBC uses Dropbox because it is a secure file sharing service. Please don’t submit using another service or by email as this may not be secure and the file might be too large to send via email. If you experience any technical problems please don’t worry get in touch with getinvolved@bbc.co.uk.

What is the selection process?

Applications will be considered by the BBC Proms team and professional musicians who are taking part in the Proms Youth Ensemble project. You will be notified by Friday 1 June if you have been successful. Please note due to the high volume of interest we will not be able to offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

If you require any more information or assistance to make your application please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing getinvolved@bbc.co.uk.

I work with young musicians: how can I get them involved?

We’re keen to work with our partners as much as possible to find the right musicians for this opportunity, so please help us spread the word by sharing this information. Applicants are asked to provide a referee and short reference along with their application, which provides a chance for you to nominate and show support to any young musicians who you think would really benefit from the experience.

See full information here.