How to join


The audition programme for EYO entry in September 2021 will take place this year as follows:

Auditions will be held  on

Sunday July 4th and Saturday September 4th


Should we be unable to offer face to face auditions due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation we will conduct auditions by video conferencing technology. We have a well-established system in place for this backed by a specific safeguarding protocol and full details will be provided.

There will be vacancies in almost all sections as senior players move on to higher education.


To register for an audition please complete the application form here:

EYO 2021 Online Application Form

Applications are welcomed from young musicians aged 13-18. The usual approximate minimum standard for audition is Grade 6 (or equivalent – don’t worry if you haven’t taken exams) though in some sections the standard of successful applicants tends to be higher, while allowances may be made for “shortage” instruments. See below for audition requirements.

Membership is through audition and by termly subscription (for 2020/21 £285 a year or £95 a term). The Trustees of EYO wish membership to be available to young people of suitable musical talent regardless of background or parental income and The John Railton Memorial Bursary Fund, established in memory of EYO’s founder, exists to ensure no-one is excluded on grounds of finance. Full information is available here:

The John Railton Memorial Bursary Fund

More information about the orchestra can be found in the EYO Information Leaflet. Please also see the EYO Information Booklet and the EYO policy for safeguarding children.

If you have any queries or would like further information you are welcome to contact our Auditions Co-ordinator Jan McDonald at or EYO Chair Kate Hyams at For bursary matters please contact EYO Trustee Josie Abbott at



All string, woodwind and brass players are asked to perform a movement from a sonata, concerto, or a graded exam piece by a ‘classical’ composer. Please bring a copy of your music for use by the panel (the accompaniment part would be most suitable).

Percussion players are asked where possible to prepare pieces on snare drum, timpani, and optionally, their own tuned percussion.

All applicants may be asked to play a short piece of sight-reading, which will be available to prepare during the warm-up time before the audition.


EYO plays an exciting repertoire of orchestral pieces in concerts throughout the year in West London. The annual orchestra tours to Europe are legendary for great music and great fun. Rehearsals take place on Friday Evenings at Twyford School, Acton, London W3.

If you would like more general information about the orchestra please contact EYO Chair, Kate Hyams at who will be happy to help with any enquiries.


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