Auditions

As part of our charitable work, we are fortunate enough to be able to offer concert opportunities to approximately ten emerging musicians and ensembles annually.

The Society’s role is to foster upcoming talent; the new artists selected via audition are the foundation of our concert series. Our emerging artists are programmed alongside established artists, presenting a fresh, varied concert series that ensures talented new artists are given the promotion they deserve. We host auditions for our available concert slots each year in November and December at The Bridgewater Hall and The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.  

Interested? Then here’s what you need to do. 

Firstly, submit an application form and video performance to us online. Applications are open from May to October each year and we’ll post the application link on this page. Once the application deadline has passed, our panel assesses all online entries and we invite around 25 to 30 applicants to audition for the Society in Manchester. 

Each audition lasts 12 minutes (with warm up time beforehand) and takes place in front of our panel and a small number of guests. We try to be as friendly and relaxed as possible. We’re often told that the best part of the auditions is the opportunity to perform on the Bridgewater Hall stage! Once the audition is complete, we’ll do our best to let you know the outcome as soon as possible, and we keep in touch with you throughout the entire process. 

If you’re wondering about the kinds of performances we’re looking for, here are two recent application videos from pianist George Harliono and violinist Roberts Balanas. George and Roberts applied to be part of the concert series last year, and we’re currently waiting to be able to present their concerts once Covid restrictions are lifted; we hope this will be soon as they –  and all of our selected auditionees – are fantastic musicians.

(George)

(Roberts)

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing uncertainty surrounding live performances, plans for the Society’s forthcoming auditions are on hold. We hope to be able to organise auditions towards the end of 2021 but until venues reopen safely and we can consistently begin our concert series once more, we will be unable to progress with auditioning and programming as usual. When we’re open for applications once more, the application link will be posted on this page.

We understand this news will be disappointing for many, and we will sorely miss hosting our auditions this year as they are such an exciting time for us.