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Auditions 2021

University of York Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra

Rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 6.30

Auditions for the UYSO and Chamber Orchestra are held in the department in the first week of the autumn term (Wednesday to Sunday). The orchestra will be giving three concerts during the year with a wide range of repertoire including music by Dvorak, Adés, Nielsen and Elgar. The Chamber orchestra will give two concerts including music by Mendelsohn and Britten. The audition for orchestra is also the audition for chamber orchestra.

To book an audition please contact

Audition Information: UoY Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Audition Information (PDF , 167kb)

Watch our 2017 performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony

Baroque Ensemble

Rehearses Thursday afternoon from 1.30pm

University Baroque Ensemble draws both undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the university. Here is a recording of our most recent performance which was included in the prestigious York Early Music Festival in July 2021. We are looking for string players, oboists, flautists and bassoonist of Grade 8 standard and above with good sight-reading ability. This is a chance to join a thriving, dynamic ensemble led by eminent practitioners in the field of Early Music, Lucy Russell and Rachel Gray.

Auditions will take place between 2pm and 5pm on Thursday 30 September. Please prepare a short piece of Baroque music, no more than 5 minutes. This will be without accompaniment, and will be followed by some sight-reading.

To book an audition please email

Watch a concert

Jazz Orchestra

Rehearses on Mondays at 4.30pm.

Please submit a 3-5 minute video performing a piece of your choice. Musicians who are comfortable improvising, please include some footage of you improvising, either over a jazz standard or freely. Please also include a couple of sentences with any relevant information, e.g., experience playing in a big band, sight-reading skills etc.

Details to follow. For any queries, email James Mainwaring.

Have a look at our ensembles’ page for more information.


University of York choral ensembles are re-appearing but it has been decided not to run Chamber Choir in autumn 2021 and instead to focus on running fewer ensembles.  For now, this is just for autumn term

The 24

The 24 is a smaller chamber choir made up of graduates and undergraduates conducted by Robert Hollingworth.  You can be reading any subject but have to be able to make rehearsals every week on Monday 3.45-6pm and Friday 2-4pm.  Programmes are adventurous and participants are usually experienced choral singers with reasonable sight-reading.  For auditions, please bring two pieces to let us hear your voice (with a simple piano accompaniment or be prepared to sing without one).  You'll be given a relatively simple sight-reading test.

Auditions are in week 1 - Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.  Please email our administrator Rachel Singer ( with your voice type, your year, and what you are studying.

NB: week 1 first-year parties and performance in choral auditions haven't historically mixed that well. We are also operating under the shadow of Covid - so please bear this in mind. 

University Choir

Rehearses Monday evenings

The University Choir will be giving two concerts in 2021-22 under the direction of Robert Hollingworth.

The registration evening for the choir is in the Music department on Monday 27 September at 6.30pm.

Find out more about the University Choir.