Become a temporary member of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.
Our Orchestral Apprenticeship gives young string players the unique opportunity to play amongst our ranks as an orchestral musician.
Get the full orchestral experience
About our Orchestral Apprenticeship
An Orchestral Apprenticeship with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra gives young musicians the invaluable opportunity to join our string section for up to four concerts in the main concert season. From rehearsal to applause, you’ll be there at every step of the performance, learning how a professional orchestra works from the inside and what it takes to become a professional musician. Apprentices also receive £100 for each concert they perform with the orchestra.
How to Apply
Applications to the Orchestral Apprenticeship are open to string players only, and applicants must be in undergraduate or postgraduate study at the University of Oxford and play to Diploma standard or above.
Applications for the Orchestral Apprenticeship 2023/24 are open. Fill in the form at the bottom of the page by Monday 16 October, 10:00.
Sunday 29 October 2023, 10:00-18:30
Faculty of Music, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1DB
Candidates only applying for the Orchestral Apprenticeship and/or Side-by-Side will prepare the following for the audition:
- One accompanied piece lasting 4–5 minutes (movements and excerpts of a solo work may be performed)
- Two orchestral excerpts provided 4 days in advance
- Sight-reading provided in the audition
- An additional piece, that may be accompanied, lasting 4–5 minutes (movements and excerpts of a solo work may be performed)