2021 Mentor Scheme

27th October - 31st October 2021

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Applications for the 2021 Mentor Scheme, in association with the English Schools’ Orchestra, will shortly be open!

The highlight of our musical year is the annual Orchestra Course, which takes place over the October half-term. This comprises a five-day residential course during which an exciting programme of music will be rehearsed for a concert on the final afternoon.

This year's concert will be held at London's St John's Smith Square on Sunday 31st Octover 2021. The course will be held during the half-term week, Wednesday 27th October to Sunday 31st October at Dame Alice Owen's School, Potters Bar, Herts.

In this mentor program, we are looking for final-year Music College, University and Post Graduate performers to take on leadership roles during rehearsals and the final concert for the English Schools’ Orchestra annual course. The English Schools’ Orchestra will provide a payment of £85 per day to cover personal expenses and travel.

This is a fantastic opportunity for final year and postgraduate performers who are pursuing a career as a professional musician to develop their teaching and leadership skills while playing and working with talented young musicians. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to play alongside and inspire the English Schools’ Orchestra students in rehearsals and participate in the final concert performed at the end of the course in London's St John's Smith Square.

We are specifically looking for mentors who are willing to help younger students during rehearsals as well as talk to them about how they can develop their own musical journey. Each section may have one or more mentors that move from desk to desk to help each of the students or take a leading role in the section. We are not looking for students who just want to have a week of playing experience.


This scheme is open to all final year and postgraduate performers, who are considering a career as an orchestral musician. Participants will be selected by means of online application and written recommendation by their tutor.

How to apply

Applications will open shortly, until 31st August 2021, by completing the online application form summarising their academic and playing history, and intentions for further study, along with a personal recommendation from a tutor.

We are able to accept applications from all orchestral instruments.

If you have any questions or for information on how to get involved in the ESO Mentor Scheme, please do not hesitate to contact our Recruitment Manager, Ellen Crann or use the contact us link at the bottom of the page.

Full Programme
  • Leonard Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
  • Darius Milhaud - Scaramouche, Suite for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with soloist Jess Gillam
  • Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No.5 in D minor

For more information about this year's course and the programme, please visit the 2021 Orchestra Course and Concert page.