University of York Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra auditions are held from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 September 2018. 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.


  • Saturday 24 November 2018 – Wagner Prelude to Lohengrin, Sibelius Scene with Cranes, Arutunian Trumpet Concerto, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
  • Saturday 9 March 2019 – Max Richter Prelude 1908, Mahler Symphony no. 9
  • Wednesday 19 June 2019 – Verdi Four Sacred Pieces, Puccini Missa di Gloria (with University Choir)
  • Wednesday 13 February 2019 – Chamber Orchestra: string music by Part, Vasks and Hildesdottir, Haydn Trumpet Concerto, Bruch Violin Concerto no. 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 the OUP or Novello edition). There is a registration evening on Monday 24 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 1 October). Rehearsals are Monday nights 19:30-21:30 in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall.

Peter Seymour is the conductor and contact:

There are three concerts this year:

  • Saturday 1 December 2018 – Central Hall: Handel Messiah, with Mhairi Lawson soprano, Nancy Cole alto, Jason Darnell tenor, Frederick Long bass and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists
  • Wednesday 13 March 2019 – York Minster: Britten St Nicolas, Parry Blest Pair of Sirens, Bruckner motets, with Jonathan Hanley tenor, Trebles of York Minster and University Chamber Orchestra
  • Wednesday 19 June 2019 – York Minster: Verdi Quattro pezzi sacri (Four Sacred Pieces, Puccini Messa di Gloria, with Ruari Bowen tenor, Ben McAteer bass and University of York Symphony Orchestra

Chamber Choir

Auditions are held on Wednesday to Friday 26  28 September, 13:00-18:00 and Saturday 29 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 E058. The conductor is Peter Seymour.

There are three concerts this year:

  • Wednesday 28 November 2018 – SJLCH: Purcell Odes and String Anthems with University Baroque Ensemble
  • Wednesday 6 March 2019 – SJLCH: The English Choral Tradition including Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Tippett Five Negro Spirituals, Aston Haec Dies, Parry Hear my words, Stanford Three motets op.38 with Ben Horden organ
  • Wednesday 5 June 2019 – SJLCH: Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer op. 52. Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65, Zigeunerlieder Op. 103

The 24

The 24 is an auditioned choir conducted by Robert Hollingworth. Auditions will take place on Wednesday 26 September. You can request an audition slot now by emailing Ella Rainbird-Earley ( 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 we'll check your range.

Rehearsals: Monday 3.45-6pm and Thursday 2-4pm.


Wednesday 14 November 2018 - Duarte Lôbo – Missa pro defunctis (1639)

Wednesday 27 February 2019 - ‘This sacred art' Fabulous if unusual sacred settings by Cornyshe, Pärt, Giles Swayne, Obrecht, Taverner and Ockeghem

Wednesday 29 May 2019 - 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' P.Nørgård - Dream Songs, E.Maconchy - Nocturnal, S.Garrop – Songs of Love and Chaos, H.Skempton – Two poems of Edward Thomas, E.Rubbra – Five Motets, M.Tippett - Two pieces

University Baroque Ensemble

Auditions are held on Friday 28 September, 09.30-16.00 in D014. You can book an audition time by emailing:; details of the audition will be sent with notification of a time. The ensemble rehearsals are held in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall or E058, Thursday afternoons 13.30-16.00. For some concerts there will instead be two days of four rehearsals (dates to be confirmed). 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 28 November 2018 – SJLCH: Purcell Odes and String Anthems with University Chamber Choir
  • Saturday 4 May 2019 – Baroque Day: National Centre for Early Music, Programme to include concertos by Bach, Handel, Corelli and Vivaldi

There will also be a concert in York Early Music Festival on Monday 8 July 2019.

University Jazz Orchestra

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