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.

UEA Symphony Orchestra’s 2020–2021 season will inevitably be affected by COVID-19. Our aims, which we will keep updated, will be to work towards a March concert with rehearsals starting in January. From September to December, we will focus on providing as varied a programme of events as we can. It looks likely that small-scale sessions will be the way to go initially. Recording or streaming performances which result, is a part of our planning. We will keep abreast of regulation and guidance. Currently these prohibit playing wind instruments in groups, but urgent research is going on and we expect the situation to change over time.

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 2020/21 concert season have now taken place. We recognise that the disruption we have all encountered has made it difficult, if not impossible, for some people to audition at our usual time. If you would still like to audition please: 1) Submit an online application form (or email us at musicevents@uea.ac.uk stating your: level of experience and instrument); and 2) Record yourself playing a 2-4 minute piece, upload the video to YouTube as an unlisted item and email the link to musicevents@uea.ac.uk. 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 in the future.

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