October 2021

Arcangelo perform at Liszt Academy Budapest, September 2021. Image: István Fazekas

Arcangelo Instrumental Auditions January 2022

12 and 13 January 2022 at English National Ballet, Mulryan Centre for Dance, E14 0SY; incorporating auditions for the Arcangelo New Ensemblists programme 2022-24.

**Applications have now closed. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted at the start of December.**

Arcangelo invites applications to audition from strings, woodwind, brass and continuo players skilled in and/or committed to Historically Informed Performance of Baroque and Classical repertoire. 

We are seeking talented instrumentalists to join our pool of highly experienced freelance musicians, and to select 3-4 outstandingly promising individuals to join the second edition of our Arcangelo New Ensemblists programme, offering bespoke training and professional support over two seasons 2022-24.

All applicants are requested to complete an online application form by Tuesday 16 November 2021. Invitations to audition, together with further audition details, will be issued by email to shortlisted applicants at the beginning of December. We will reply to all applications received by the application deadline but will not respond to any applications which arrive late. For any enquiries prior to application please contact 

Please read the Application, Audition and General Notes before completing the online application form (follows below):

Application Notes

  • There is no upper age limit for applications.
  • Applications are encouraged from players who are not primarily HIP specialists but have a passion and talent for the repertoire. 
  • Applications are encouraged from players who are not based in the UK. You will not need a visa to enter the UK to audition. (In the event of future engagements, please note that players based in the EU may continue to enter the UK post-Brexit for short-term work engagements on a Permitted Paid Engagement visa, which is cost-free and for which Arcangelo provides required UK border documentation.)
  • Referees: Applicants are requested to give the names and contact details of two referees – professional musicians or others qualified to comment on your skills and aptitudes. Arcangelo will contact your referees if you are shortlisted/called for audition; applicants do not need to ask their referees to submit references.
  • All shortlisted applicants called for audition will be considered both for our standing pool of musicians, and for our Arcangelo New Ensemblists programme. All selections will be made at the discretion of Arcangelo’s Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen. 

Audition Notes

  • Auditions will be scheduled between 10am and 6pm on each day. 
  • Auditions will last 15 minutes. Auditionees can present two contrasting works, or a selection of excerpts (please see below for further details).
  • A warm-up room will be available for up to 15 minutes prior to each audition. This room will be stewarded throughout and will be a safe deposit for belongings. 
  • Strings players will be required to play on gut strings with period bows.
  • Woodwind/brass players will be required to play on period (Baroque or Classical) instruments. 
  • An accompanist will be provided at auditions, together with a harpsichord at A415 and a weighted electronic keyboard at A440 and A430. We will liaise individually with shortlisted applicants regarding your exact audition pitch and keyboard requirements.
  • Auditionees may bring their own accompanist if agreed in advance, but please note that there will be no keyboard in the warm-up room.
  • We will liaise individually with shortlisted applicants on repertoire to be presented at audition, and to provide full details of the audition venue and timing. 

General Notes

  • Arcangelo presents a limited number of projects of varying scale per season, and engages varying numbers of musicians on a freelance basis appropriate to each project’s artistic requirements. As such, please note that a successful audition cannot automatically entail an immediate offer of future engagements. 
  • Candidates invited to join the Arcangelo New Ensemblist programme will be offered a place on the programme for the seasons 2022-23 and 2023-24, including performance experience at full fees, individual training and masterclasses, and professional support and development opportunities. Further details will be communicated at invitation.
  • We regret that we cannot reimburse any travel costs/expenses for applicants invited to audition, including any required Covid-19 tests.
  • For all queries please email
  • NB: please do not contact English National Ballet, Mulryan Centre for Dance directly for any details of the auditions as they will be unable to help you.

Application form

**Applications have now closed. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted at the start of December.**

About Arcangelo

Period ensemble Arcangelo’s collective energy and spirit have generated a flood of five-star reviews, sparked audience ovations and prompted invitations to perform at the world’s leading venues and festivals. The ensemble, which has taken the musical world by storm since its creation in 2010, comprises outstanding young musicians under the dynamic leadership of its artistic director and founder Jonathan Cohen. Its ethos is ruled by a determination to apply the deep listening skills and artistry of chamber music making to every piece in its repertoire, from intimate trio sonatas to major oratorios and early symphonies.

Arcangelo’s latest successes include a televised 2021 BBC Proms performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, three appearances in 2020-21 at Wigmore Hall’s internationally-celebrated livestream series ‘Live at Wigmore Hall’, and Europe-wide acclaim for our three 2021 recording releases on Alpha Classics (Handel: Brockes Passion, Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas Vol.2 and ‘Tiranno’ with mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey) including a Gramophone Award nomination, BBC Radio 3 Record of the Week, Sunday Times Record of the Week, BR Klassik Record of the Week and a Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Our further 2020-21 season includes concerts at Wigmore Hall, Franz Liszt Academy (Budapest), Bath Bachfest, De Bijloke (Ghent), Musika-Música Festival (Bilbao) and Teatro Pérez Galdós (Gran Canaria) and collaborations with soloists Barnabás Kelemen, Tim Mead, Avi Avital and Carolyn Sampson. 

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