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Applications for Southbank Sinfonia 2016 are now closed and the information on this page remains only as a guide.

Applications for Southbank Sinfonia 2017 will open in May 2016. Please continue to check this page for the latest details and application information. 

To be eligible for Southbank Sinfonia, you should play one of the following orchestral instruments to a high standard and have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate music degree either at music college or university, or achieved an equivalent musical qualification.

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Percussion

In 2015, auditions took place in the first two weeks of September at our base, St John’s Waterloo in central London. We aim to make auditions a friendly and welcoming experience for all candidates. Each panel comprises several colleagues from Southbank Sinfonia plus a guest player from the forefront of the music profession. Following auditions, select candidates are then asked back to participate in a short interview which takes place in early October, though it is possible for the interview to be conducted via Skype if you are not resident in the UK. If selected for audition and interview, you will be notified individually of the actual dates you are required to attend.

In 2015, candidates were asked to prepare the following pieces for audition. On the day, you will have the chance to run briefly through parts of your repertoire with one of our accompanists before the audition. You will also be sent a set of short orchestral extracts in advance which we recommend you familiar yourself with fully prior to the audition. In addition, there will be a short piece of sight reading on the day.

 

Instrument Pieces
Violin 1st movement of a Mozart Concerto
A contrasting accompanied piece
Viola 1st movement of the Hoffmeister Concerto
A contrasting accompanied piece
Cello 1st movement of a Haydn Concerto
A contrasting accompanied piece
Bass 1st movement of a Classical Concerto
A contrasting accompanied piece
Flute 1st movement of a Mozart Concerto
A contrasting accompanied piece
Oboe 1st movement of a Mozart Concerto
A contrasting accompanied piece
Clarinet 1st movement of a Mozart Concerto
A contrasting accompanied piece
Bassoon 1st movement of a Mozart Concerto
A contrasting accompanied piece
Horn 1st movement of a Mozart Concerto
A contrasting accompanied piece
Trumpet 1st movement of the Haydn or Hummel Concerto
A contrasting accompanied piece
Timpani and Percussion A piece of your choice for solo marimba

 

Please note, you do not have to prepare the cadenza of your concerto movement unless you personally want to.

Following auditions and interviews, candidates will be notified before the end of October whether they have been successful in attaining a place in Southbank Sinfonia.

If you have any queries about the programme or the audition process, our Frequently Asked Questions page may hold the answer. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact us on auditions@southbanksinfonia.co.uk or you are welcome to call one of our team on 020 7921 0370 who will be very happy to give advice.