Monteverdi Apprentices 2016-17 launched
We are delighted to announce that applications are open for the 2016-17 Monteverdi Apprentices Programme. Since the programme's inception in 2007 we are proud to have supported 58 young musicians as they make the transition from conservatoire to their professional careers.

This year we will be offering up to 8 young instrumentalists an introduction to the musical tradition of the Monteverdi ensembles and the working practices of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Throughout the twelve-months of the scheme, the selected Apprentices will take part in English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique projects, as well as additional mentoring and coaching sessions with the Monteverdi musical staff, providing an introduction to the highest level of period instrument performance available in the UK and internationally.

Former Apprentices have said:

“As an Apprentice I had the opportunity to take part in a number of exhilarating orchestral projects, with repertoire ranging from Bach to Debussy. However, what I found most invaluable was the individual attention we received through extensive coaching with John Eliot and the Monteverdi leaders. I feel it has been a key experience in my musical development.”
Beatrice Scaldini, Apprentice 2012-13, violin

“The best element for me about the Scheme was being a solid part of both EBS and ORR for each and every project. As an Apprentice, I never felt like I was secondary to the other players or treated any differently. It was wonderful being a part of an ensemble where your presence counts and you are able to contribute something worthwhile. Each time I joined the section, I was generously welcomed in by the other players. It was such a pleasure working with such dedicated and honest musicians, who each bought such an individual flavour to the ensemble.”
Davina Clarke, Apprentice 2012-13, violin

“I was delighted to discover over the year that the Apprenticeship scheme covers so many varied approaches to performance - as well as ensemble work, there were plenty of opportunities to work on solo repertoire and in smaller groups. Our time rehearsing in Dorset was particularly rewarding for this. Working so closely with John Eliot has been inspirational; his guidance and teaching has been invaluable, and he has been supportive of my personal musical interests.”
Rebecca Hardwick, Apprentice 2014-15

“Being part of the apprenticeship has been an invaluable experience. It has helped me to improve both as a musician and as a performer. My confidence has developed significantly and I feel as if I am gradually finding my identity as a musician. Working with John Eliot and such inspiring musicians helped me form a strong work ethic and gave an insight into how the profession works."
Angharad Rowlands, Apprentice 2014-15