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AUDITION DATES FOR ADMISSION TO THE ORCHESTRA IN SEPTEMBER 2021 ARE SUNDAY 4TH JULY AND SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER  

We welcome applications from young musicians aged 13-18. The minimum playing standard we require is ABRSM Grade 6 or equivalent. However, in some sections where each player has their own part, the standard of our successful applicants tends to be higher.  Membership is secured through an annual audition process, primarily held in early July.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS (ALL UNACCOMPANIED):


All string, woodwind and brass players are asked to perform a short piece of music of their own choice, possibly a graded piece or an excerpt from a concerto. Choosing something you feel at ease with and is comfortably within your ability, will enable us to hear you at your best. Please bring an extra copy of your music for use by the panel.

Percussion players are asked where possible to prepare pieces on snare drum, timpani, xylophone 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.

Membership is by termly subscription. For 2020/21: £285 a year (£95 a term). The Trustees of EYO are keen to ensure that membership to the orchestra is available to young people of suitable musical talent regardless of their financial situation. 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:

If you have any queries or would like further information you are welcome to contact our Auditions Co-ordinator Jan McDonald at auditions@eyo.org.uk or EYO Chair Kate Hyams at chair@eyo.org.uk.

For bursary matters please contact EYO Trustee Josie Abbott at bursaries@eyo.org.uk