Applications are now open for Glyndebourne’s Pit Perfect, a development programme for young professional instrumentalists, which offers paid engagement with the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra, the Sussex-based opera house has announced.

Pit Perfect was established in 2018 to offer newly graduated musicians real-world professional work experience over a concentrated three-month period. Successful applicants will join the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra for at least one of three productions being rehearsed and performed at Glyndebourne and venues around England between late September and early December 2021.

In addition, participants will be mentored by an established orchestra member. They will also benefit from access to further development opportunities including one-to-one lessons, the chance to sit in on extra rehearsals or performances and to participate in seminars on life in the music profession.

This year, the Pit Perfect programme is seeking applicants for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, trumpet and classical guitar. Applications are only open to students finishing their studies (graduate or postgraduate) during 2021, any player who completed their studies (graduate or postgraduate) no earlier than summer 2020 or anyone who was selected for audition for the scheme in 2020.

Glyndebourne states that only applications from musicians who are based in the UK can be accepted and all applicants must be available for rehearsals and performances with the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra from 26 September until 4 December 2021.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021. Applicants will be notified if they are to be invited to audition by the middle of April 2021 and successful candidates will be invited to audition in London during early May 2021.

Visit Glyndebourne’s website to apply for the scheme.

Watch the video to find out what previous students have learned from the project.



Newly graduated musicians are invited to apply for Pit Perfect, Glyndebourne’s programme that allows players to work with the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra.