City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

The Edinburgh Quartet are searching for their next ‘Apprentice'


By Barnaby Miln - Posted on 28 August 2018

Building on the success of our first two competitions, the Edinburgh Quartet are once again extending applications to the UK’s top music schools and conservatoires for their next ‘apprentice’.

Students between the ages of 18-25 are invited to apply, with a limited number selected to go forward to participate in a live audition at St. Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh on Sunday 3 February 2019. The sessions are open to the public to come and go throughout the day, and is free admission for all. The Quartet will also be performing a free lunchtime recital on the day.

Finalists will be asked to take the place of a member of the Quartet, and perform two contrasting movements from a set list. By the end of the event, the Quartet will pick one person to come on board as their apprentice and form a quintet for an intensive period of rehearsal, mentoring and performances in the forthcoming season.

Mark Bailey, cellist in the Edinburgh Quartet, said: “This is a great opportunity to experience playing with one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles, and provide a platform to help launch a professional career in chamber music”.

Oscar Holch, winner of the Apprentice competition 2018, said: “The Edinburgh Quartet are incredibly welcoming and create an atmosphere of spontaneity and creativity that I haven't experienced in a chamber music context before. I have learnt so much from the experience and can’t wait for our next project together!"

Applications to the first round are open now, and will close on Friday 23 November 2018. More information can be found at www.edinburghquartet.com/apprentice, where applications can also be submitted.