Side-by-side ensemble

Clio Gould
Clio Gould

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.



Rehearsals (Colchester)


Concert 2nd October, Stoke by Nayland Church

The side-by-side ensemble will perform as part of the Festival Finale in a magnificent venue – Stoke by Nayland church. Below, a still from last year’s side by side rehearsal. Sunday 2 October, 11am-2pm rehearsal & 4pm concert

The orchestra will be led by the leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Clio Gould. The other 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 Julie Cuthbert


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.