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.
We will be holding auditions for new members on Friday 29 September (12noon-6pm) and Monday 2 October (3pm-8pm). If you would like to audition to join UEA Symphony Orchestra, please either fill in an online audition application form or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request 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.