Applications for Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra

Next application deadline: Sunday 13 May 2018 
Apply to be a member of the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO)

We accept applications for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra all year round, but select players at two times in the year for our residential courses. The next course will be −

  • Summer Residential Course  |  Tuesday 17 − Thursday 19 July 2018
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick  |  Concert at Trent College, Long Eaton
    Application deadline: Sunday 13 May 2018

Before you apply…

Please read the following advice before submitting your application.

  • Ability level − Applicants should be at least grade 4 ability on their instrument, and we expect many players to be grade 5 or 6 ability. Applicants for the limited number of wind places need to be at least grade 6 ability.
  • Availability − Applicants are expected to have good availability for the commitments of DDSO after the application deadline.
  • Auditions − If we receive a large number of applications for certain positions, we may ask you to perform a piece at an audition. You will need to provide the details of a piece you would perform in this eventuality. This will take place in Derby or Chestersterfield on the morning of Saturday 19 May. Please make sure you are available for this and we will let you know if you are needed nearer the time. 
  • Reference − We need you to provide us with the contact details of your instrumental teacher so if necessary we may seek confirmation of your readiness to be in this ensemble.
  • Confirmation − If you are under 18, you will need a parent/guardian to confirm your application before it can be submitted.

Making your application

Please complete the e-form application below and submit. A member of the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership team will be in touch once all applications have been seen.


Please complete this e-form to begin your application for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra.

DDSO Application

Note: Asterisks (*) indicate required information.

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Personal and contact details

Instrument and grades

If you have not taken any Associated Board exams we will require confirmation from your instrumental teacher as to your approximate grade.
(If you wish to apply on more than one instrument, please submit a new form per instrument.)

Your availability

Please confirm your availability for the following engagements

Your instrumental teacher

We may need to contact your instrumental teacher to confirm your readiness to join DDSO

Contact details

If you are under 18, you will need to provide the details of a parent/guardian.

Any other information

If you experience any problems with this form please contact and quote form ID: ILF/378/09