A musician's path is not easy. Young instrumentalists, singers and composers are faced with learning and mastering their chosen discipline together with achieving a good knowledge in a range of other areas that contribute to forming a well-rounded musician such as music history, aural training, concert presentation, promotion and business skills. Coupled with a competitive and ever-increasing commercial environment, this can make pursuing a career in music rather daunting.
If fortunate, musicians will be guided and nurtured by a range of skilled teachers who offer support, knowledge and advice through their development. However, when formal education ceases, when the conservatoire final recital has been performed, many talented young artists lack support to ease them into the profession. This needn't necessarily be limited to honing technique. It may be a second pair of ears to test a programme or a sounding-board to ask whether a 'golden opportunity' is worth taking. The Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme offers the opportunity for young musicians to receive this support.
Philip Langridge was passionate about the need for young musicians to have the benefit of knowledgeable mentors. As the scheme develops, this section will detail a range of thoughts, advice and experiences about the mentoring process and what the role and responsibilities of a mentor are.