Starting out on a professional career as a musician is both thrilling and terrifying. Taking the step between music college or university and self-employment might seem daunting, but there’s no doubt that the advice and support of established professionals can help to make the process smoother, more enjoyable and more rewarding.
Bridging the Gap is our platform for early-career musicians. It’s designed to help foster young talent, allowing singers and instrumentalists to consolidate existing skills and acquire new ones as they begin their journey on the path from young performer to fully fledged professional.
How does it work?
Selected by open audition each year, up to four young musicians will perform alongside and be mentored by Dunedin’s regular cast of performers. The scheme offers a unique opportunity to tour with our internationally renowned musicians and to gain from their expertise, and to benefit from a variety of performance and development opportunities throughout the year.
This initiative is part of our commitment to fostering the next generation of musicians, providing them with a unique opportunity to grow and develop on the path to a professional career.
Who can apply?
Dunedin Consort are looking for singers of all voice types who are keen to develop their experience of professional ensemble singing. Eligible participants must be based in Scotland and aged between 21-28 at the time of applying. If you are accepted onto the scheme, you must be available to join Dunedin Consort in Scotland between 12-17 October 2021 for our a cappella tour.
How to apply?
Applications for the 2021-22 Bridging the Gap scheme are now open. You can apply by following the links at the top of this page for the application form and diversity questionnaire. The deadline to apply is Monday 30 August 2021.
What happens next?
Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by Friday 3 September. If you are successful you will be invited to an audition in Edinburgh or Glasgow during the week commencing Monday 20 September 2021.
If you are shortlisted for an audition, you will be asked to prepare two contrasting pieces, at least one of which should be a solo excerpt from a Bach Passion or the Christmas Oratorio. You will also be asked to prepare a short set piece, which we will send to you in advance. During the audition you will be given a short piece of sight-reading, to be sung alongside two other singers.
A piano accompanist will be provided on the day.
Up to four singers will be chosen to be part of the 2021-22 Bridging the Gap scheme. As part of the scheme you will be invited to join Dunedin Consort – as a paid professional – for our a cappella choral tour directed by Grete Pedersen between 12-17 October 2021. Participants will also be offered a range of performance and development opportunities throughout 2021-22.
The safety of our applicants and staff is our highest priority. We are planning to hold our auditions in person, strictly following social distancing rules. However, if this proves impossible, we have contingency plans in place to offer alternative means of auditioning if necessary. We will update all applicants on any changes once shortlisting is completed.
We sincerely hope that the Covid-19 pandemic will not affect our 2021-22 Bridging the Gap programme. However, in the event that Covid-19 restrictions prevent us from delivering any part of the scheme, we will ensure an equivalent opportunity is offered, or will rearrange the opportunity for a later date.
Meet our 2020-21 Participants
In the below videos you can see our 2020-21 cohort in action as part of Dunedin Consort’s How Lonely Sits the City choral programme, and get to know each member in a series of interviews with our Head of Artistic Planning & Operations, David Lee.