There are nineteen music societies within Music Durham, both auditioned and non-auditioned. Some of the societies have more than one ensemble affiliated to them, such as the Orchestral Society which has both a Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, or the New Art Music Ensemble which is made up of three different groups. If you think there is a musical ensemble missing from the collection that you wish to start then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
In addition to the ensembles listed, there is also a musical theatre society (DULOG) and an Opera ensemble (DOE). These societies are both ratified with Durham Student Theatre.
To join any of the below ensembles, Music Durham Membership is required.
Entry into auditioned ensembles is competitive but these societies nevertheless strive to maintain a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The groups perform in regular concerts and ask for a high level of commitment from their players. Auditions typically consist of sight reading, a brief chat with the panel and a chance to perform a prepared piece. They last approximately 10 minutes.
Music Durham also serves a number of non-auditioned ensembles, which, though open to any student, are still very committed and strive to create high-quality music. These ensembles are excellent for players at all levels, both those who want to improve and those for whom music may not be their main focus. These ensembles ask for varying levels of commitment between groups, ranging from those which rehearse every week to those that can be attended when it suits.