The Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme
Renowned tenor Philip Langridge was a staunch trustee and friend of both the Royal Philharmonic Society and Young Classical Artists Trust until his untimely death in March 2010. Endlessly positive and energetic, and passionate about communication through performance, he often spoke about what we could do together to extend our support for musicians entering the profession.
At Philip's suggestion we began to explore ways in which established musicians could pass on their wisdom and experience to those just starting out in the profession. The seeds of an idea for mentoring musicians were sown and in autumn 2010, with the support of the Langridge family, we were proud to launch the Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme. Distinguished mezzo-soprano Ann Murray DBE, Philip’s wife, launched the scheme on Tuesday 2 November at the Wigmore Hall with a masterclass working with YCAT mezzo-sopranos Kathryn Rudge and Helen Sherman and pianist James Baillieu.
At the heart of PLMS is the development of a relationship between two musicians – not a teacher/pupil relationship, but one of colleagues. This is essentially something private and elusive and different musicians will respond in different ways. Without being prescriptive we aim to give space and encouragement to allow discussion of performance issues, exploration of repertoire and the exchange of ideas about interpretation.
Following previous successful partnerships between young artists and their mentors, we were delighted to continue the scheme with new partnerships announced in summer 2014.