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 as any experience you have. Applications must be submitted to t.j.day@durham.ac.uk by 23:59 on Saturday 7th May. Auditions will take place on Wednesday 11th May between 8:30 and 10:00 in St Aidan’s Dining Hall, and will consist of taking a 10-minute rehearsal with the orchestra, followed by a maximum of 5 minutes of questions from members of the orchestra, such as ideas for future repertoire.

If you have any concerns or questions about the applications process or anything else, do not hesitate to contact me at t.j.day@durham.ac.uk.

All the best,

Tom Day