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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 forthcoming UEA Symphony Orchestra performances can be found in our Events Calendar.


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.

Auditions for the 2018-19 concert season have now taken place. However, we do still have some vacancies in the cello, trumpet and bassoon sections. If you would like to audition to join UEA Symphony Orchestra, please fill out an online application form or email to request an audition. In your email, please state your instrument, any experience and your availability for an audition.

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.

Please note that there is currently no subscription fee to join UEA Symphony Orchestra.

Upcoming Concerts

UEA Symphony Orchestra’s next concert will be the Poulenc and Berlioz concert on Thursday 21 March 2019 (7.30pm, St Andrew’s Hall). The orchestra programme will include Poulenc's ever-popular Gloria and the little-heard Finale and magical Love Scene from Berlioz’s dramatic symphony, Romeo and Juliet. Tickets are available online and from St George's Music Shop.

Members of UEA Symphont Orcherstra and some of our student award holders are also presenting a concert to Primary school children on Wednesday 13 February 2019 in the UEA Drama Studio. This will be a great opportunity to share what we do with people who might not yet have experienced anything like it. Please note that tickets for this Primary school concert have now sold out.


Here are 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