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A moment of relaxation in a rehearsal break

Vacancies: We are always interested in receiving enquiries from experienced instrumentalists who can contribute to the performance of demanding orchestral works.

Current vacancies: Double Basses and some violas and violins

String players need to be of grade 8 or equivalent standard. Auditioning takes place informally during rehearsals.

Playing commitments: Permanent membership of the orchestra involves four or five concert commitments a year (three main concerts plus one or two other important engagements) with eight weekly rehearsals for each of the main concerts and a couple of rehearsals for engagements. Personal private practice is essential.

Violinists during rehearsal break 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, at St Gregory the Great Catholic School. 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 Click here or email with a brief resume of your orchestral experience.