Vacancies: We currently have some vacancies for violinists and viola players though are pleased to hear from other experienced instrumentalists as other playing opportunities do arise, sometimes at quite short notice. We expect string players to be of grade 8 or equivalent standard and to have had orchestral playing experience. Auditioning takes place informally during rehearsals.
Playing commitments: Permanent membership of the orchestra involves about five concert commitments a year (three main concerts plus about two other engagements) with eight weekly rehearsals for each of the main concerts; personal private practice is essential.
Rehearsals: Rehearsals are focused, friendly and fun. We work hard though take a tea and coffee break for relaxation together. Concert preparation also usually includes a sectional rehearsal, often led by a specialist instrumental coach.
We rehearse on Tuesdays 7:30-10:00pm, in the Oxford Spires Academy Conference Hall. This is just off the Cowley Road - it is accessible by public transport, and there are on-site car parks.
Subscriptions: Regular playing members pay subscriptions which contribute to coaching, rehearsal costs and other overheads. Payment may be made annually or in three instalments and there is a discounted rate for full-time students. (Normal minimum age is 18 though very exceptionally players aged 16 are accepted). Current prices are shown on the Players' info page.
Enquiries: If you'd like to join the orchestra or have further queries, contact the Membership Secretary.