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The University of East Anglia Symphony Orchestra has been running for over 20 years. Since 2014, it has been directed by UEA Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop

UEA Symphony Orchestra enjoys membership from students, staff, and members of the public. The orchestra, under the direction of UEA Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop, rehearses on campus every Wednesday (6.30pm-9.15pm), during the autumn and spring semesters, and performs either alone or with the UEA Choir at least three times a year. Past projects have included performances of Dvořák’s Mass in D Major (with UEA Choir), Brahms’ Symphony No.1, Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (with UEA Choir), Mendelssohn’s Overture and Incidental music for A Midsummer Nights Dream (with UEA Drama), Mahler’s Totenfeier and Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (with UEA Choir), Beethoven’s Symphony No.5, Debussy/Louÿs' Les Chansons de Bilitis, (with Sacré Théâtre), Verdi's Requiem (with UEA Choir), Woods' Fantasia, No.1 (new composition), Elgar's The Music Makers (with UEA Choir), Tchaikovsky’s Overture-Fantasia Romeo and Juliet, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor and Sibelius’ Symphony No 1 in E minor.

Details of previous UEA Symphony Orchestra performances, can be found in our Concert Archive.


UEA Symphony Orchestra is open to players of Grade 7 standard or above (however, there is no need to have passed any exams), who (ideally) have some orchestral experience.

We currently have vacancies in all sections; however, we are particularly looking for cellos, double bass, bassoons, horns and trombones.

All orchestra members are auditioned. For your audition, you will be asked to attempt a short piece of sight reading. You will also be asked to perform a short pre-prepared piece or extract (approximately 2-3 minutes in duration). This can be any piece which you are currently playing or learning. You will be asked to play without accompaniment, but the piece you choose does not have to be unaccompanied.

Auditions for the 2019-20 concert season have now taken place, however, we do still have a few vacancies for bassoonists. If you would like to audition to join UEA Symphony Orchestra, please fill out an online application form, email to request an audition (in your email, please state your: level of experience, instrument and availability for audition) or phone 01603 593948.

Upcoming Concerts

UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra autumn concert: Myth and Faith - Friday 22 November 2019, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Hall.

Tickets are now on sale. Buy your tickets here.

UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra spring concert: Fauré Requiem and Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony: Thursday 19 March 2020, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Hall

Tickets for the March concert will be available in January 2020.


Watch our UEA Symphony Orchestra video to hear from our musical director and current ensemble members. 

Please find below a selection of videos of UEA Symphony Orchestra performances. More can be found on our media page or our YouTube channel.

A clip of the Hut on Fowls’ Legs and Great Gate of Kiev sections from UEA Symphony Orchestra's performance of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition performed at the Pictures of Russia concert in November 2016



UEA Symphony Orchestra perform the opening section of Verdi's Requiem with UEA Choir in March 2017