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Sign up to audition for Durham's leading orchestra for the academic year 2023/24 using the link below:​

Audition week will run during freshers week, from Monday 25th September - Sunday 1st October, and will take place at Mount Oswald Hub, next to South College -

Auditions will consist of a 10 minute slot, in which you will play a piece of your choice, up to 5 minutes in length, followed by 2 short sight-reading excerpts which you will have a chance to look at shortly before the audition. There will be a practice room available for you to warm up in.

More information can be found on the attached link, and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email ( or social media (Instagram: @duorchestral.society).

A warm welcome to Durham University Orchestral Society: we are two of the most elite and high-calibre orchestras within the university, comprising of a full-scale Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. We are a society united by a love of music and a passion for orchestral playing, performing to an exceptional standard in some of the most prestigious and renowned venues.

DUOS is an entirely student-run society, with our executive committee, members and unparalleled conductors currently studying at Durham University. Each member of DUOS strives for excellence and their shared devotion to music forges life-long friendships and unforgettable experiences.

We continuously perform demanding orchestral repertoire, challenging and encouraging members to achieve their full potential whilst also creating an empowering rehearsal space for students, inspiring confidence within each instrumentalist and providing well-deserved time away from their academic studies.

DUOS provides a myriad of opportunities for members; masterclasses from professional and well- renowned musicians to performing in venues such as Sage Gateshead and our own Durham Cathedral with their fellow instrumentalists. These experiences never fail in providing students and audiences with memories that will last a life-time.

If you have any queries, please email and we will endeavour to answer any questions you may have.

Matilda Prescott-Jones – DUOS President 2023-2024

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Concert Videos

Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from his iconic musical, West Side Story!

Performed on June 10th in the historic Durham Cathedral.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's beautiful Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture!

Performed on June 10th in the historic Durham Cathedral.

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