Apply to be a Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist

The Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists (PDGYA) awards have helped kick start the careers of artists including Thomas Gould, Elizabeth Watts and Craig Ogden, by providing up-and-coming classical musicians with performing opportunities with Making Music’s 3,700+ member groups.

The six chosen artists are promoted to our members for engagements at fixed rates (£250 for solo artists, £500 for artists with accompanists) subsidised by Making Music for up to 50 bookings each year. They will benefit from publicity in Making Music’s Selected Artists guide, on its website, other publications and social media. The artists will also be offered an unpaid presentation concert for Making Music members.

It's an honour and a privilege to be part of PDGYA. I would recommend it to every single performer, it is a fabulous scheme which has helped me to set the foundations of my performing career.

Manu Brazo, 2019 Young Artist


Eligibility

If you are not a UK citizen you must be able to provide evidence that you are eligible to live and work in the UK for the entire period of the award (September 2021 – August 2023), for example a letter confirming settled/pre-settled status or a residence permit that goes up to at least August 2023.

The age range for all applicants is 21-27. To apply you must be in this age range on 1 August 2021.

Programme

Applicants are required to submit details of a varied programme of approximately one hour for instrumentalists and 45 minutes for vocalists. The adjudicators will request up to 15 minutes of music to be performed from this programme. All candidates should select the first piece they wish to present and this chosen work should be introduced briefly to the adjudicators. After the first piece, all candidates must be prepared to perform any of the music in their submitted programme.

Assessment

Adjudicators will assess personality, presentation, organisation and balance of programme as well as musical performance. Candidates should give careful thought to their submitted programme in consultation with their accompanist. General advice on programmes can be obtained from the administrator. However, the administrator will not approve or reject any specific work or programme.

Auditions for 2021

We are aiming to hold auditions in person in July, if coronavirus measures allow, at the Royal Academy of Music. All the appropriate measures to ensure a Covid-secure environment will be taken, of which you will be informed in advance. If in-person auditions are not possible, we will arrange for auditions to be done via Zoom.

The deadline to apply is 5pm Monday 24 May 2021

Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artists - application form

Your details

If you are not a UK citizen, in order to be eligible for the Awards, you must be able to demonstrate that you are eligible to live and work in the UK for the entire period of the Award (May 2020 - April 2022).

Musical details

Please provide up to two web links to video/audio of you performing. Note: this does not have to be from a formal concert setting (e.g. a recording of you in a playing in a practice room would be acceptable).

Referees
Please provide details for 2 referees.
Referee name*Referee email*
Audition programme

Applicants are required to submit details of a varied programme of approximately one hour for instrumentalists and 45 minutes for vocalists. The adjudicators will request up to 15 minutes of music to be performed from this programme (you may choose the work you perform first from your baroque/classical/romantic repertoire).

Repertoire

It is recommended but not compulsory that the programme consists of up to 6 contrasting works averaging 10 minutes in length and should include the following:

Instrumentalists

  • a work from the Baroque or Classical period
  • a work from the Romantic repertoire
  • a work from the 20th century
  • a contemporary piece - please make a copy of the score available to the adjudicators.

Singers

  • an aria or song from the Baroque or Classical repertoire
  • an aria from an oratorio of the 19th century
  • a work from the 20th century
  • a contemporary piece - please make a copy of the score available to the adjudicators.
  • NB: All items must be sung in the original languages.
Composer*Work*Length (minutes)*
Audition timings

We are aiming to hold auditions in person in July if coronavirus measures allow, at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT. All the appropriate measures to ensure a Covid-secure environment will be taken, of which you will be informed in advance. If in person auditions are not possible, we will arrange for auditions to be done via Zoom.

Your time preferences cannot be guaranteed, although we will make every effort to meet them.

Auditions are available for all instruments for all morning and afternoon sessions. Auditions will be held from Monday 12 July to Thursday 15 July 2021, from 10am–1pm and 2pm-5.30pm.

Day10am - 1pm2pm - 5.30pm
Monday 12 July
Tuesday 13 July
Wednesday 14 July
Thursday 15 July
Declaration
  • I am a UK citizen, or...

  • ...I am not a UK citizen, but am able to provide evidence that I am eligible to live and work in the UK for the entire period of the Award (September 2021 - August 2023).

  • and I am normally resident in the United Kingdom and expect to be available for engagements from autumnn 2021 to autumn 2023.

  • and I intend to follow a professional career as a performer.

  • and I agree to abide by the conditions of the Award and to accept the decision of the adjudicators as final.

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