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Orchestral opportunities, concerts and competitions

When I started at Durham this year, I resolved to join everything I could. As a music student, I signed up for pretty much everything musical at the freshers’ fair, but I especially wanted to be involved in Durham University Orchestral Society (DUOS), as I’d heard about its high standard of playing, amazing repertoire and friendly atmosphere. I was terrified before the first rehearsal, but really didn’t need to be, as all the good things I’d heard about the orchestras were absolutely true, and I always look forward to Monday and Thursday evenings now!

Great Opportunities

I’ve only been at Durham for a term, but DUOS has definitely been a highlight of my time here so far. I play horn in both the symphony and chamber orchestra, and have had some incredible opportunities so far (I’d wanted to play Dvorak 9 for such a long time!), with many more to come: we’re going on tour to Prague at the end of March and playing some wonderful music at Sage, Gateshead on the 20th June, which I can’t wait for!

The repertoire includes Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, as well as a student-written composition. I’m especially excited to play the winning piece from the DUOS Composition Competition. The Chamber Orchestra will be playing the piece along with Sir Thomas Allen, world-renowned baritone and the Chancellor of Durham University, as the narrator.

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There’s still time to enter the Composition Competition!

This could be your chance to have your piece of music performed in this impressive setting with Sir Thomas Allen. The deadline is 20th February, which is when the tickets will be released as well! Whether you enter the competition or not, the Sage concert is definitely not to be missed – it is the first time an ensemble representing Music Durham will be performing in such a renowned venue.

Read the DUOS Composition Competition brief here

Upcoming concerts of Durham University Orchestral Society are on 7th March and 20th June.

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Charlotte Smith

Hi, I'm Charlotte I'm in first year and study Music, I also play French Hoorn with DUOS which I absolutely love.
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