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.

We have every intention of returning to a normal concert season in 2021-22. In the event that in-person performance or rehearsal is not possible, or is only possible on a smaller scale, we will endeavour to maintain activity levels remotely or in alternate venues which allow for social distancing.

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 2021/22 concert season will take place on Friday 24th and Monday 27th September 2021 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. 

In the event that restrictions mean in-person auditions are not possible, we will accept recorded auditions submitted to musicevents@uea.ac.uk. We may also be able to accept a recorded audition if there is any reason you are not able to make it to the in-person auditions on September 24th and 27th. To audition virtually please email musicevents@uea.ac.uk including your level of experience and instrument, then send us a link to a video of you playing a 2-4 minute piece. We will listen to you as soon as we can and will fit those suitable candidates into the schedule of music making at an appropriate time.  

There is no subscription fee for the UEA Symphony Orchestra.

The first rehearsal of the 2021-22 season will take place on Wednesday 29th September 2021.

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