Classical Ensemble conductor auditions

This Friday (13th), the Durham University Classical Ensemble will be holding auditions in order to appoint a conductor for the next academic year. DUCE is a chamber orchestra, focusing on the performance of works from the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic eras. We therefore require a conductor who is both passionate and able to facilitate a relaxed and inclusive rehearsal style (in which all members are welcome to make an active contribution towards the final interpretation). The orchestra gives three concerts each year in Durham, in addition to a tour during Easter term.   Auditions will consist of a...

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Durham University Hill Orchestra Conductor Auditions

  The Durham University Hill Orchestra is looking for a new conductor for the 2016/17 academic year. The Hill Orchestra is one of Durham’s most relaxed and sociable orchestras, open to all members of Durham University. Whilst our members are not auditioned, we aim to maintain a high standard and encourage members to be of a good enough standard to cope with a wide range of orchestral music. This year we have performed two concerts at St Oswald’s church, playing music such as Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony Coleridge-Taylor’s Petite Suite de Concert and film music such as E.T. and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The role of conductor of The Hill Orchestra provides great opportunities for budding conductors looking to gain some experience in the position, having the chance to conduct well known orchestral classics and iconic themes from films, as well as adding your own tastes to the repertoire. Applicants need not have a wealth of experience, but a passion for music and a keen interest in directing an orchestra is ideal! In order to apply, you need to be a student at Durham University and resident in the Durham area next year. You will need to submit an application (no more than 200 words) detailing why you want to be considered for DUHO Conductor and what you will bring to the Orchestra, as well...

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Palatinate Orchestra – Conductor auditions

Durham University Palatinate Orchestra is now recruiting conductors for our Symphony and Chamber Orchestras for 2016/17. DUPO is one of the leading university orchestras which performs a range of exciting and challenging repertoire. In previous years the orchestra has performed pieces ranging from Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Sibelius 2nd Symphony and Brahms 1st Symphony. Last year the orchestra was also privileged to perform a world premiere of Richard Rijnvos’ Chants de Espagne. DUPO have had the opportunity to play in an array of exciting venues this year ranging from Castle Great Hall to the Gala Theatre where the orchestra held an outreach project for school children in the local area. DUPO go on an annual tour at the end of the exam period and this year we are off to Paris and Lille and are performing in Lille Cathedral. Conducting either of the DUPO orchestras is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring conductors where they can build on their skills in a friendly hard working society. Applicants do not need to have a huge amount of orchestral conducting experience; we welcome applications from enthusiastic and friendly individuals who have passion about making music and directing. To apply, you must be a student at Durham University and living in County Durham during the university term dates throughout the academic year in 2016/17. Please send a CV detailing your experience to palatinate.orchestra@durhm.ac.uk no later...

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Meet the Soloists

On Sunday at 5pm is the final round of the Soloists Competition, in the Music Department Concert Room. Our four finalists are: Emma Rochwerger, cello Rebecca Howell, violin Bethan Winter, piano Sophie Kidwell, voice   Emma is a third-year student at Durham University studying Music on an Erasmus scholarship. Born and raised in France, she started studying music at the age of four through the Suzuki method, playing the piano and the cello. She attended the Conservatoire de Musique of Marseille from the age of seven to seventeen, where she pursued a dedicated musical education alongside the French curriculum. Following her higher education, she moved to Toulouse, where she chose to undertake a two-year intensive program of ‘classe préparatoire’ with an additional module of music. There, she combined her musical and literary studies in addition to entering the Conservatoire in which she was part of the Symphonic Orchestra during the season 2013-2015, under the baton of Pierre Bleuse. They performed a wide range of pieces, from Hersant, Dutilleux, Tchaikovsky, to Dvorak, as well as accompanying Bertrand Chamayou on Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 in La Halle aux Grains. During her studies in Durham, Emma has been a member of both the DUOS Symphony and Chamber orchestras, as well as playing in the DOE’s production of Carmen.       Rebecca is a music finalist at the University of Durham, where...

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Concert Band Conductor Auditions

Concert Band are now advertising for their new Principal and Associate conductors for the 2016/2017 academic year. The band will be running their AGM during their rehearsal on Sunday 13th March from 2.30pm. Anyone interested in running for either Principal or Associate conductor will be asked to work with the band for 10 minutes on a section of one of their pieces decided in advance by the current Exec. There will then be a few minutes of questions about motivation for the role and previous experience.    Anyone interested in auditioning should contact Concert Band in advance at concert-band.society@durham.ac.uk for details and for the extract to prepare....

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