Applications for Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra

Next application deadline: Sunday 25 November 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.

  • Next application deadline − Sunday 25 November 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.
  • 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.

What's coming up for DDSO…  

Upcoming activities, courses and concerts for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra.

  • February Residential Course 2019 | Sunday 17 − Tuesday 19 2019
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
    Concert: Tuesday 19 February 2019, 7.30pm at the Riverside Centre, Pride Park, Derby

  • Summer Residential Course 2019 | Monday 15 − Thursday 18 July 2019
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
    Concert: Thursday 18 July 2019, 7.30pm at The Octagon, Buxton Pavilion Gardens


Submitting 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.

DDSO Application

Note: Asterisks (*) indicate required information.

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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

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

Your data

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If you experience any problems with this form please contact music.partnership@derbyshire.gov.uk and quote form ID: ILF/378/09