ENO Evolve gives third and fourth year undergraduates from the Royal College of Music the opportunity to work with the ENO orchestra, providing experience and insight into life as a professional musician.
The scheme is the only programme in the UK to offer students the chance to work alongside a dedicated full-time opera orchestra.
Each season 15 students join the orchestra for selected production within ENO’s season.
During this time the students shadow the orchestra through all offstage rehearsals, including the Sitzprobe – the first rehearsal at which the singers join the orchestra – through to onstage rehearsals at the London Coliseum, where students are invited to attend and observe final preparations before the dress rehearsal.
In previous seasons, students have worked on Boris Godunov, Peter Grimes, Turandot, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, The Rite of Spring, Tosca, Der Rosenkavalier and Wozzeck.
A number of alumni from the scheme have been invited back to work with the orchestra on particular projects or productions and many are now regular extra members of the orchestra.
The ENO Evolve scheme seeks to create a supportive environment for students to learn and help them prepare for life as professional musicians.
Everyone who takes part in the scheme is also offered individual lessons and masterclasses, as well as being assigned a personal player mentor.
ENO Evolve is generously supported by The Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust, EMI Music and Sound Foundation, The Andor Charitable Trust, Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust and The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust