ENO Mackerras Fellowship 2018-2020

11th September 2017 in News

English National Opera are proud to launch the application process for the fourth ENO Mackerras Fellowship, supported by the Philip Loubser Foundation.

Starting from August 2018 (ENO’s 18/19 season), the successful candidate will hold the position across two years (subject to annual review), this is a unique and bespoke opportunity to work and learn at the heart of ENO. Throughout their time with the Company, he/she will be mentored by ENO’s Music Director Martyn Brabbins, work closely with the Music Department (overseen by Head of Music, Martin Fitzpatrick), act as Assistant Conductor and off-stage conductor for selected ENO productions.

The Fellow will receive fees, a training bursary and a generous travelling allowance for visiting external companies and networking opportunities. During the period of the Fellowship, outside engagements may be taken on with the approval of ENO. Applicants will be extremely gifted musicians who are proficient in English, preferably post-graduate music college educated, with some experience in opera. Applications must be received by midnight, Sunday, 15 October 2017.

Former ENO Mackeras Fellowship holders have gone on to conducting engagements with orchestras and opera companies around the world. To learn more about previous fellows, please visit the Fellowship Facebook page.

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To apply, please send the following materials:

  • Application form (download from above)
  • 2 sealed, confidential letters of reference
  • 500-word personal statement
  • A DVD or an appropriate web link to recent work

to:  ENO Mackerras Fellowship, Music Department, London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4ES.

Applications must be received by midnight, Sunday 15 October 2017.

Further enquiries to:

Hannah Rose Cooper
Music Coordinator
email: [email protected]
call: 020 7845 9347


Sir Charles Mackerras, ENO Music Director from 1970-77 and the inspiration for this Conducting Fellowship, was a musician of enormously wide sympathies and talents. Widely loved and respected by musicians and audiences alike, throughout his long working life Sir Charles put honest music making and the faithful recreation of the composers’ wishes at the heart of his philosophy. He was a true ‘company’ man – collaborative and respectful, intelligent and inspiring. He remains the perfect role model for potential recipients of the Charles Mackerras Fellowship.
Martyn Brabbins, ENO Music Director