As part of next year's Cultural Olympiad celebrations in the UK, Aldeburgh will host a gathering of 124 young musicians from across the world. The Aldeburgh World Orchestra will be resident at Aldeburgh's Snape Maltings concert hall for 18 days in July, before giving performances in Ingolstadt in Germany, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and at the BBC Proms in London.

During its Aldeburgh residency the orchestra will work with conductor Mark Elder on repertoire including Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, and a world premiere commission by Charlotte Bray. Players will also receive sectional coaching from international orchestral principals.

Applications are open to orchestral players aged from 18 to 29, and musicians from any country can apply, so long as they can get the necessary visas to travel. Successful applicants will receive a full bursary that covers all the costs of the project, including travel, accommodation and meals.