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Firstly, a huge congratulations on getting your place at Durham, we cannot wait to welcome you!

Below is some important information on the audition process and how to sign up! 

If you are left with any questions whatsoever, please feel free to get in touch via our social media, or email us at


Auditions for the 2021-22 Orchestra are currently closed. Sign-Up to audition for the 2022-23 orchestra will open in September 2022. Auditions will run from Monday 26th September - Sunday 2nd October 2022. 

Keep an eye on this space and follow our social media for updates about auditions. Any further questions please email


How do I sign up for an audition? 

Sign-up using the link above! For more information, please come and talk to us at Fresher's Fair on Wednesday 29th September 10:00am - 6:00pm at Maiden Castle, where members of our Exec will be on-hand to answer all of your questions. Also, follow us on our social media to keep up to date with everything DUOS.

What can I expect from the audition?

You should prepare a 5 minute unaccompanied piece of your choice, or alternatively, an extract from a longer work, lasting no longer than 5 minutes. This piece does not have to be originally written unaccompanied, you may choose to perform a piece that is written with an accompaniment but without the accompaniment. During your audition you will also be given some orchestral excerpts 10 minutes before, and a brief interview. 

What standard should I be?

Most of our players perform at Grade 8 to Diploma level or above. However, don't let this put you off! We don't require applicants to have completed any music exams, and we strongly encourage you to audition if you are at all interested. We also don't require previous ensemble experience. If you have any doubts, talk to one of our Exec members at the Freshers' Fair, or get in contact with us via social media or email (see below). 

What if I play more than one instrument?

If you play multiple instruments which are substantially different (for example, viola and trumpet), you should audition for each separately, and each application will be considered individually. 

If you play a main and an auxiliary instrument (e.g. flute and piccolo), you should audition only for your main instrument, and let us know about your auxiliary instrument on our application form. Your ability to offer an auxiliary instrument will not hinder your chances of success on your main instrument - in fact, it is usually considered an asset to be able to play an auxiliary instrument.

When do I find out whether I've been successful?

Every year, we have a larger number of applications to consider, so there may be a small delay before you find out your audition result. Nevertheless, we aim to email all candidates, both successful and unsuccessful as soon as possible. If you are successful, you will receive an email with rehearsal details and your desk position in the orchestra(s), so it is important to check your emails regularly! 

What if I'm unsuccessful?

If you are not successful in gaining a place in DUOS this year, you will be notified by email. Please do not be disheartened - it is an extremely competitive process and you shouldn't be discouraged from auditioning again next year! Due to the huge number of applications and quick turn-around period, generally, we do not provide audition feedback to unsuccessful candidates. If you would really like feedback, you should email Matthew at

If you have any questions at all, please contact us at

We hope to see you at our auditions, and we wish you all the best of luck!

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