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) and Verdi's Requiem (with UEA Choir).
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.
Formal auditions for the 2017-18 concert season have now taken place. However, we do still have some vacancies in the string section. If you are a violin or a viola player and would like to join UEA Symphony Orchestra, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 fee to join UEA Symphony Orchestra.
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