Applications to play a concerto with DUOS in the year 2019/20 are now open!

Each year, DUOS gives up to four people the opportunity to play a concerto or solo piece accompanied by the Symphony or Chamber orchestra. Previous concertos have included Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs for Baritone, Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No.2 (in Durham Cathedral) and the Reinecke Flute Concerto. All instrumentalists and singers are welcome to apply, and membership of DUOS is not required, however, you must be an undergraduate or postgraduate student at Durham University during the academic year 2019/20. Please note that applications for solo pieces accompanied by orchestra are also welcomed.

How to apply

Auditions will take place on Sunday 23rd June. You should prepare an outer movement of your proposed concerto which MUST be accompanied by piano (on a separate piano in the case of a piano concerto), and accompanists are NOT provided. We may stop you if the movement lasts for longer than 15 minutes. For solo pieces accompanied by orchestra, you should prepare an accompanied extract of similar length to a concerto’s outer movement. Applicants will also have a general interview following their audition in which they will be asked about their chosen piece.

To apply to play a concerto, please email [email protected] with your name, year, instrument, mobile number, and chosen piece by Monday 10th June. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us using the email address provided above.