Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia has announced BMus student flautist Lottie Mahoney as this year’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Student-in-Residence.
Lottie has been selected on the 2024 scheme for one year, providing her with an exciting opportunity to work alongside some of the UK’s top classical musicians from BRB’s acclaimed Royal Ballet Sinfonia, joining them for rehearsals in both London and Birmingham.
The scheme is open to musicians from the RBC who are selected through an audition process.
Royal Ballet Sinfonia Principal Conductor Paul Murphy said “We’re delighted to welcome Lottie as our third RBC Student-in-Residence. I feel sure that she will benefit enormously from rehearsing with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia over the course of 2024 and, in addition, being mentored by our wonderful colleagues in the flute section.”
Lottie, originally from Norfolk, now residing in Birmingham, is currently in the third year of her Bachelor of Music with Honours undergraduate degree at the RBC and has recently played at B:Music’s Birmingham Symphony Hall with the CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) Youth Orchestra.
Lottie commented “I’m extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to play with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia as their Student-in-Residence. As rehearsals for the company’s The Sleeping Beauty begin, I’m delighted to have the chance to play alongside and learn from members of this terrific orchestra.”
Lottie will be the third Student-in-Residence from the RBC. Lucy Samuels a freelance cellist, and the first recipient, is currently the Concerts and Community Co-ordinator for the Orchestra of The Swan and has already played with the Sinfonia. Last year’s Student-in-Residence, French horn player Alex Hocknull, is currently studying for a postgraduate performance qualification at RBC whilst building his portfolio career.
Lottie will be rehearsing in Birmingham with the Sinfonia ahead of the UK tour of Sir Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet from February. The tour includes performances at Sadler’s Wells, London, and the company’s home base at Birmingham Hippodrome. Full tour details: www.brb.org.uk/shows/the-sleeping-beauty