Auditions

University of York Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra auditions are held from Wednesday 27 September until Sunday 1 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 (john.stringer@york.ac.uk) or using the sign-up sheet that will be in the department foyer during week 1.

Concerts

  • 15 November - LeFanu, Walton, Liadov and Prokofiev
  • 10 March - Zemlinksy, Williamson and Shostakovich
  • 20 June - Britten War Requiem
  • 14 February - Chamber Orchestra, Zamora, Mozart, Finzi and Bridge

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 the Schott edition). There is a registration evening on Monday 25 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 2 October). Rehearsals are Monday nights 19:30-21:30 in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall.

Peter Seymour is the conductor and contact: peter.seymour@york.ac.uk.

There are three concerts this year:

  • Saturday 2 December, 2017 – Central Hall: Orff Carmina Burana, Lambert The Rio Grande, with Gareth Brynmor John baritone, Nicky Losseff and Mark Hutchinson pianos
  • Wednesday 14 March, 2018 – York Minster: Mozart – Requiem, Haydn – Maria Theresa Mass, with Helen Neeves soprano, Jeanette Ager alto, Jonathan Hanley tenor,  Frederick Long bass and Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • Wednesday 20 June, 2018 – York Minster: Britten War Requiem, with Catrin Woodruff soprano, James Gilchrist tenor, Stephan Loges baritone and 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 (peter.seymour@york.ac.uk). 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 29 November, 2017 – SJLCH, Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76, Chandos Anthem 8: O Sing unto the Lord a New Song HWV 249b with University Baroque Ensemble
  • Wednesday 7 March, 2018 – SJLCH, Bach Easter Oratorio ‘Kommt, eilet und laufet’ BWV 249 Ascension Oratorio ‘Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen’ BWV 11 with University Baroque Ensemble 
  • Wednesday 6 June, 2018 – SJLCH Rossini Petite Messe solenelle

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 Ellen Garbutt (erg521@york.ac.uk). For audition bring two pieces - anything which allows us to hear your voice. You are welcome to bring a pianist or perform unaccompanied (whether the music has accompaniment or not). You can expect a sight reading test and you may be asked to participate in a vocal range test.

Rehearsals: Monday 3.45-6pm and Thursday or Friday 2-4pm (day tbc).

Concerts

  • 15 November, 2017 - ‘New Beginning’ including music by Ockeghem, Byrd, Bridge and Musgrave
  • 28 February, 2018 - ‘Our German Cousins’ including music by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Strauss
  • 30 May, 2018 - ‘This Earth’ including music by Simaku, Sheppard and Leighton

University Baroque Ensemble

Auditions are held on Thursday 5 October, 10.00-16:00 in D014. You can book an audition time by emailing: peter.seymour@york.ac.uk; details of the audition will be sent with notification of a time. The ensemble rehearsals held in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall or 058; dates to be confirmed but usually two days of four rehearsals. 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 29 November, 2017 – SJLCH, Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76 Chandos Anthem 8: O Sing unto the Lord a New Song HWV 249b with University Chamber Choir
  • Wednesday 7 March, 2018 – SJLCH, Bach Easter Oratorio ‘Kommt, eilet und laufet’ BWV 249 Ascension Oratorio ‘Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen’ BWV 11 with University Chamber Choir
  • Saturday 5 May, 2018 – Baroque Day – National Centre for Early Music, Programme to include: W.A.Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K 251; W.F.Bach: Sinfonia in d minor, F65; J.Haydn: Symphony No.49 'La Passione'

There will also be a concert in York Early Music Festival probably on Monday 9 July, 2018.

University Jazz Orchestra

Please see http://ev2.co.uk/je-jazz-orch/content.html for more information.