Project information

Retrospect Ensemble Young Artists Programme

The Big Idea is to provide a formal and structured platform for young artists to develop and perform, working alongside some of the best professionals in their field. Each year Retrospect Ensemble audition young musicians and singers to take part.

May 2011 - October 2011

Charity information

Retrospect Ensemble

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  • Need


    Conducted by Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble is working to foster the talented young baroque musicians and singers of the future. Through its Young Artists Programme, the group aims to recruit and progress young musicians and singers to help them through the difficult transition from graduation to a professional career and to ensure it's own future through development of the best young artists in the field.


    Director and music educationalist, Matthew Halls, is working to develop the Young Artists programme, aspiring to make it one of the best training grounds for young baroque singers and instrumentalists in the field of historically informed performance. Through provision of master classes, mentoring from Retrospect's players and world class performance opportunities, Retrospect hopes to foster the talent of the future that will also prove so crucial in ensuring its own growth and development.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide master classes and performance opportunities for young musicians and singers


    » After open auditions, master classes will take place exploring the repertoire of 4 centuries and providing an opportunity to work with Matthew Halls.
    » High-level performance exposure on an international concert platform and as part of Retrospect Ensembles London season at Wigmore Hall.

    Success will be: the feedback from audiences and the young artists involved, successful performances, increased confidence of artists and the furthering of their musical careers.

  • Impact


    Long term we would hope the artists involved will go on to become well renowned musicians and singers in their own right . We also hope to establish a relationship with the artists at an early stage in their career that will develop over future years. Success will be demonstrated both via their personal development as performers and via their ongoing success in developing a career on the international stage.


    Risks are mainly to do with lack of funding. Each concert performed as part of our Young Artist Programme needs to break even and without additional income the projects are not viable. Rehearsal space, master classes, the concert hall and publicity all need funding to make the project viable. We have received support from individuals and trusts/foundations in previous years that has made the programme possible.


    We provide a written report, a summary of activity undertaken, comments and feedback from the young artists involved along with audience feedback and any reviews received. Donors will also be invited to join the master classes, rehearsals and the concert performances.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200 Hire Rehearsal Space
      £3,000 Conductor Fee Fee for Workshops and masterclasses, conducting concert as part of Retrospect Ensemble London season
      £8,500 Fees Musicians, Soloists and technician fees for performance
      £3,500 Venue Concert Hall hire, management fee, publicity and box office commissions
  • Background


    The master classes and workshops will take place in London as will the concert as part of the Retrospect Ensemble's London Concert season at Wigmore Hall. In recent years the Young Artists chosen have enjoyed performance opportunities on tour in addition to this, as part of their involvement in an exchange programme with an Israeli baroque ensemble. Funding dependent, we would hope to offer such opportunities again in the future.


    Young music students and singers from all over the UK looking for experience and professional performance opportunities as soloists and principal players. Attendees at the concerts enjoying the opportunity to see the young musical stars of the future perform at an early stage in their careers. The musicians in Retrospect Ensemble will also benefit from the mentoring/ teaching opportunity the project provides.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because of the educational experienience, passion and commitment of Director Matthew Halls. His experience in the field of education is extensive. He was a tutor at St Peter's College Oxford where he taught music history, techniques, aesthetics and performance practice at undergraduate level. Having taught harpsichord at Oxford University he is a tutor for the E.U. Baroque Orchestra where he is actively involved in training and auditioning (for selection to take part in the orchestra).

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    Matthew Halls

    Matthew will lead the project as the Director of Retrospect Ensemble. He will lead the auditions and master classes and conduct the final performance.