Auditions 2016

University of York Symphony OrchestraChamber Orchestra, and Sinfonietta

Orchestra auditions are held from Wednesday 28 September until Sunday 2 October. To audition for the orchestras you will need to prepare a short piece of approximately five minutes duration and there may also be some sight-reading. You will need to book an audition time by emailing John Stringer ( or using the sign-up sheet that will be in the department foyer during week 1.

University Choir

There is no audition required for University Choir but you should register with the choir and buy the music for the term (unless you already have the appropriate edition – this term we use Bärenreiter edition for the Bach). There is a registration evening on Monday 26 September from 19:00-20:30 in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall foyer when music will also be available for purchase.  Registration and music purchase is also possible at the first rehearsal (Monday 3 October). Rehearsals are Monday nights 19:30-21:30 in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall.

There are three concerts this year:

  • Wednesday 23 November, 2016 – Central Hall
    Bach – Cantatas I,III,VI from Christmas Oratorio
    with Helen Neeves  soprano; Kitty Whately alto Joseph Cornwell tenor; Peter Harvey bass Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • Wednesday 15 March, 2017 – York Minster
    Rachmaninov – All Night Vigil – 'Vespers'  Op 37
    Bruckner – Messe no 2 in E minor  WAB 27
    with University Chamber Orchestra 
  • Wednesday 14 June, 2017 – York Minster
    Berlioz – Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale  op.15
    Walton – Crown Imperial
    Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast
    with Benedict Nelson  baritone
    University of York Symphony Orchestra

Chamber Choir

Auditions are held on Wednesday to Friday 28-30 September, 13:00-18:00 and Saturday 31 September 10:00-13:00 in D014.  You can book an audition time by emailing Peter Seymour (; details of the audition will be sent with notification of a time. The choir rehearses on Wednesday (from week 2 Autumn Term) 13:00-16:00 in 058. The conductor is Peter Seymour.

There are three concerts this year:

  • Wednesday 30 November, 2016 – SJLCH
    Rejoice in the Lamb – English 20th Century Classics
    (Britten, Finzi, Berkeley, Bairstow, Leighton) 
  • Wednesday 8 March, 2017 – SJLCH
    Purcell – King Arthur
    with University Baroque Ensemble 
  • Wednesday 7 June, 2017 – SJLCH
    The French School: Fauré Requiem and Duruflé motets
    with University Chamber Orchestra

The 24

The 24 is an auditioned choir conducted by Robert Hollingworth. Auditions will take place from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 September. You can request an audition slot now by emailing Georgie Gulliver ( In the audition, you will be required to sing one piece of your choosing. Please make sure you bring a copy of the music for the accompanist and don't pick anything where the accompaniment cannot be sight read. You can expect a sight reading test and you may be asked to participate in a vocal range test.

University Baroque Ensemble

Auditions are held on Friday 30 September, 09:30-12:30 in D014. You can book an audition time by emailing:; details of the audition will be sent with notification of a time. The ensemble rehearses on Thursdays (from week 2 Autumn Term) 14:00-16:00 in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall or 058. The ensemble is directed by Compagnia d’Istrumenti, a University Ensemble in Association: Daniel Edgar, Nia Lewis, Tim Smedley and Peter Seymour.

Concerts this year include:

  • Wednesday 8 March, 2017 – SJLCH
    Purcell – King Arthur
    with University Chamber Choir 
  • Saturday 6 May, 2017 – Baroque Day – National  Centre for Early Music
    Programme to include:
    Telemann: Hamburger Ebb und Fluth (Wassermusik) TWV 55:C3  
    Biber: Battalia à 10 C.61

There will also be a concert in York Early Music Festival probably on Monday 10 July, 2017.

University Jazz Orchestra

Please see for more information.