Join UEA Symphony Orchestra Join UEA Symphony Orchestra

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.

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


Unfortunately there are not currently any positions available in the orchestra. However, when auditions take place for the 2017/18 season, please note that UEA Symphony Orchestra is looking for players of Grade 7 standard or above (however, there is no need to have passed any exams), who (ideally) have some orchestral experience.

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 2017/18 Symphony Orchestra concert season will take place in September 2017; further details will be published at a later date. For any further information please email

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