Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme

Giving young artists the contacts and expertise they need to excel

Much-loved tenor Philip Langridge was a devotee of the Royal Philharmonic Society until his untimely death in 2010.

At his suggestion, the Royal Philharmonic Society initiated discussions with the Young Classical Artists Trust (another organisation to which he was ardently committed) to explore encounters whereby musicians at the start of the career could connect with those ahead of them on the path, to help guide the way.

Since 2010, the RPS and YCAT have worked together to connect leading professionals with upcoming talents. Those lending their expertise have included the likes of cellist Stephen Isserlis, pianist Imogen Cooper and trumpeter Alison Balsom, and those who have benefited have been young artists who've proceeded to make great strides including cellist Philip Higham, and pianists Alexandra Dariescu and Clare Hammond.

From 2020, the RPS and YCAT took a fresh approach, connecting with the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme at Snape Maltings (pictured) to present an annual Mentoring Weekend for a host of young musicians, connecting them with a range of experts and artists, to help them reflect on their aspirations and outlook, challenge perceptions of their capabilities, and address how to open new doors and make new opportunities for themselves.

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