UEA Symphony Orchestra is a full Symphony Orchestra open to all by audition and tackling major repertoire. It is conducted by UEA Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop.  

Rehearsals and performances

UEA Symphony Orchestra enjoys membership from students, staff, and members of the local community. The orchestra rehearse on campus every Wednesday (18:30 - 21:15), during semester time, and perform either alone or with the UEA Choir at least twice a year. You can find details of past UEA Symphony Orchestra performances in our Events Archive.

The 2021-22 concert season has now ended. The 2022-23 concert season will start on Thursday 24 November 2022 with a combined choir and orchestra concert at St Andrew's Hall. Tickets will be available to purchase via the UEA online store from July 2022.

You can find details of forthcoming UEA Symphony Orchestra performances in our Upcoming 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.

All players are auditioned, however the auditions are short and very informal.

Auditions for the 2022-23 concert season will take place on Friday 23rd and Monday 26th September 2022 on the UEA campus. To book an audition please fill out this form. UEASO has vacancies in all sections, however we are particularly keen to recruit for the following parts: bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, cello and bass. Auditions are ten minutes long. For the audition, candidates will be asked to attempt a short piece of sight reading. They 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 they are currently playing or learning. They will be asked to play without accompaniment, but the piece they choose does not have to be unaccompanied.  

There is no subscription fee for the UEA Symphony Orchestra.

The first rehearsal of the 2022-23 season will take place on Wednesday 28th September 2022.

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