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Save the Date Longhope 2022

Friday 1st July – Noon
Schools’ Performance

Saturday 2nd July – 3pm
Public Performance

Sunday 3rd July – 3pm
Public Performance



Scherzo Ensemble is professional development platform for young singers which aims to cultivate a broader spectrum of career paths and employment possibilities in music and the arts. There is often a substantial gap between graduating conservatoire and building a musical career. Scherzo offers a year-long programme of performance and training projects as well as classes in business to a cohort of singers selected annually at audition. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the landscape for live music, especially singing. Practitioners have had to find new ways of delivering performance and teaching. The classical music industry has shrunk considerably, with fewer institutions and organisations providing artistic work, especially for young performers. Our programme helps emerging artists develop a diverse range of professional skills and seeks to instil artistic and managerial confidence when setting out to realise a project independently for the first time. We believe this focus is necessary to rebuild a vibrant cultural sector.


1) Scherzo brings singers together to work collaboratively on suitable repertoire, developing ensemble skills and rehearsal communication techniques.

2) Scherzo offers opportunities to develop the necessary aural skills to perform with orchestras and conductors, often a barrier to excelling in early career breaks.

3) Scherzo guides singers in researching new material, vital to a freelancer’s employability and a contribution to the broadening of the Canon.

4) Scherzo offers basic training in business management: budgets, marketing, fundraising, establishing an organisation etc