The Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme was launched by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Young Classial Artists Trust in 2010. It forms a central place in the work of both organisations in creating a stronger platform within the profession for nurturing exceptional young talent.
The Royal Philharmonic Society [RPS] celebrates its bicentenary in 2013. It was founded by professional musicians with the aim ‘to promote the performance, in the most perfect manner possible of the best and most approved instrumental music’, which it did principally by giving regular public orchestral concerts in London, including through two world wars.
Today the RPS seeks to create a future for music through the encouragement of creativity, the recognition of excellence and the promotion of understanding. The Society’s artistic activities focus on composers and young musicians and, through a programme of audience development, awards and lectures, it seeks to raise the public consciousness of the finest music making today and to create a forum for debate about the direction of classical music. Current recipients of the Society’s highest honour, the RPS Gold Medal, are: Janet Baker, Bernard Haitink, Alfred Brendel, Colin Davis, Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Henri Dutilleux, Thomas Quasthoff, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Mitsuko Uchida.
Set up in 1984, YCAT provides a unique stepping-stone for exceptional young artists who have the potential for international performing careers. Introducing these artists at home and abroad, YCAT brings high-quality classical performances to as wide a public as possible. YCAT is totally reliant upon the generosity of individuals, trusts and foundations, and currently receives no public subsidy. YCAT provides its young artists with a secure management base. By offering advice, instruction and guidance, we educate the artists in strategic and long-term planning, both musically and professionally. YCAT liaises with event promoters in the UK and abroad providing performance opportunities and engagements for its artists. YCAT aims to hand the artists on to suitable commercial management within a three to five year period.
To present our artists to as wide a public as possible, YCAT promotes a number of high-profile annual presentation concerts at venues including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. Details of the 2011/12 concerts can be found here. YCAT holds annual auditions to identify exciting new talent who could benefit from the charity’s work. This rigorous selection procedure culminates in a Public Final at Wigmore Hall. Details of how to apply can be found here. In addition to its services to young musicians at the beginning of their professional careers, YCAT has, since 1994, in a unique arrangement with the BBC, been advising the finalists of the BBC Young Musician Competition. Several of these musicians have gone on to audition to become YCAT artists.