Side-by-side ensemble

The Side-by-Side Ensemble is a unique opportunity for young musicians aged between 14 and 22 who live within reach of festival venues to rehearse and perform alongside some of the top musicians appearing at the festival.

In 2017, the side-by-side ensemble will perform as part of the Festival Finale in the magnificent Stoke by Nayland Church.

2017 Repertoire

Schubert Unfinished Symphony
Mozart Horn Concerto with Alec Frank-Gemmill
Handel Zadok the Priest
New work

2017 Dates

September coaching, rehearsals
4pm Sunday 1st October concert

The orchestra will be professional musicians will be drawn from the London Symphony Orchestra and other leading orchestras in the UK.


Young musicians playing side-by-side with professionals at the 2013 Festival


Please email Laura Davison


What standard do I have to be?

Wind players should be Grade 7 or 8 and above, as demand will be high for places in the ensemble. There will be more flexibility in the strings, so why not apply. We will judge each application fairly.


Huge thanks to the Band Trust, D’Oyly Carte Trust and our other Education Programme Supporters for making this project possible.

Did you know?

The Hungarian maestro Nikisch was invited to tour North America in 1912, and despite his long association with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras, he insisted that the LSO should be contracted for the tour. The orchestra, 100-strong (all men except for the harpist), was booked to sail on the Titanic, but the tour schedule was changed at the last minute, and the players sailed safely on the Baltic.