Each year we offer opportunities to talented young musicians (aged 11-21), who play ANY instrument to a grade 7 standard and above, to play in a pit-band, on-stage band or as an actor-musician! You'll work with a professional team to create a brand new show on one of our summer residential productions.
Audition for the YMT Musician Pool
The YMT Musician Pool is a collection of musicians who have successfully auditioned having performed at the required standard. YMT then invite musicians from the pool to work on our projects across the country.
Joining a YMT Company
Once you have successfully joined the YMT Musician Pool, as requirements develop for each of the summer productions, you will be invited to join a specific YMT company. If you accept, you’ll be placed on a residential project, between 1 and 2 weeks long, to create a brand new piece of music theatre. YMT projects take place in July/August across the UK and the selection process is not based on geography, so you may not be placed on the course closest to where you live - you may be working in London, Aberdeen, Plymouth, Belfast or somewhere else! Exact details of the instrumentation required for each show will be available on the individual show pages as details are firmed up.
For example: in 2018 the pit band for A Winter’s Tale was piano, keys, 2 x violin, 2 x cello, double bass, cornet, guitar, accordion, harp, vibraphone, steel pans and an enormous amount of percussion. Help! needed keyboard, bass, lead guitar and drums. Barrack Room Ballads used an ensemble of percussion, brass, woodwind and strings. Paperboy looked for a replica band to play the music of the Bay City Rollers.
How do you audition?
There are a range of ways you can audition to join the YMT Musician Pool:
Pit Stop Workshop
YMT run various Pit Stop workshops around the country giving an exciting experience of what it is to work in a professional pit band. You will work with a professional Music Director and his/her staff including singers. During the day you will learn new pieces, work on Musical Theatre techniques, have a chance to ask questions to the professionals themselves and partake in an audition masterclass. Those who reach the desired standard will be invited to join the YMT Musician Pool. Please note, there is a cost to attend most of our Pit Stop Workshops.
Dates for the next season of Pit Stop workshops will appear here soon.
If you find it hard to get to a Pit Stop Audition, you can submit a video of you playing two contrasting pieces by using this application form.
School Group Audition
If your school has lots of students interested in joining the YMT Musician Pool, ask your teacher to get in touch and we may be able to organise a workshop similar to the Pit Stop Workshops at minimal cost to the school. Hannah Kipling is happy to hear from teachers at email@example.com
Is there a course fee if I'm successful?
If successful, there is a course fee. YMT is a not-for-profit educational charity and, while we do receive Arts Council England funding to keep fees as low as possible, our primary source of income comes from course fees. The course fee varies depending on the length of the course and in 2018 our fully-residential courses for musicians start £800 and go up to at £1,300 depending on the length of the course. This may sound expensive but we never ask for the payment in one lump sum and instead set up a payment plan. Furthermore, the fee covers full-board accommodation for the whole duration of the project, tuition from leading industry professionals, 24-hour full pastoral care, theatre hire, sound design and technical staff. We also have a comprehensive bursary scheme if required, plus we are always happy to offer help on raising money.
We look forward to welcoming many musicians onto our courses in 2019!