Durham University Orchestral Society is made up of two orchestras: the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra. Each rehearse once per week and perform around two concerts per term, some with each other, others with other music societies within the university. This year, you can expect to perform in venues like Durham Cathedral (twice) and accompany some extremely talented soloists - both Durham students and guest performers. You'll also have the opportunity to play some incredible repertoire including pieces by Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Sibelius.
Rehearsals and concerts only make up part of your time as there is also a vibrant social side: we run regular socials, host parties, and put on events like our annual black-tie ball.
We pride ourself on being entirely student-led. This means all of our Executive Committee and Conductors are students at the university. That said, we regularly welcome professionals from institutions such as the Northern Sinfonia and the RNCM who hold masterclasses and sectionals, notably during our week-long course at the end of Easter term known as ‘DUOS Week’. We also benefit from regular masterclasses with professional conductors such as Peter Stark and Richard Dickins.
In addition to all this, each Easter break we go on tour to Europe and in the past have visited Madrid, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana, and most recently Barcelona; this year, we’ll be travelling to the Bavarian city of Munich.