JOIN ESO AS A PLAYER
Looking for an orchestra? We’d love to meet you! We would be happy for you to join us for a try out rehearsal or come and say hello at our next concert.
We currently have vacancies in all string sections, particularly Basses, Violins and Cellos, and occasionally have spaces for wind and brass players. We are always happy to hear from prospective members.
We are a very friendly bunch who work hard and definitely have fun. Rehearsals (almost always held on Monday evenings) are very relaxed and we share a good laugh but equally enjoy developing under the guidance of our professional conductor and leader.
We do not hold auditions but instead use the first three rehearsals as an opportunity for you and the orchestra to get to know each other. If you are a string player, you would probably share a desk with the section principal for one of those rehearsals.
Members pay an annual Subscription (Subs) set by the committee each year. This is currently £132 with discounts available for those in full-time education or apprenticeships and is applied pro rata for those joining mid-way through a season. The first term for new members is deemed to be provisional during which no Subs are payable.
We’d love to hear from you! Please contact Hilary Cheek (for Strings) or Stuart Pinborough (for Wind and Brass) via our contact page.