Applications for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra

Apply to be a member of the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO)

We accept applications for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra all year round for two residential courses a year.


Before you apply

Please read the following advice before submitting your application.

  • Ability level − Applicants should be at least grade 4 standard for strings, and at least grade 6 standard for wind and brass (which have limited places due to the balance of an orchestra).
  • Availability − Applicants are expected to have good availability for the commitments of DDSO after the application deadline. 
  • Auditions − Very occasionally we need to audition wind or brass players if we are oversubscribed, to enable us to select the most appropriate players.
  • 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.

DDSO diary for 2018 / 2019  

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

  • February Residential Course 2020 | Sunday 16 - Tuesday 18 February 2020
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
    Concert: Tuesday 18 February 2020, 7.30om at The Riverside Centre, Derby

  • Summer Residential Course 2020 | Monday 14 - Friday 16 July 2020
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
    Concert: Thursday 16 July at The Octagon, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton


Submitting your application

Please follow the link below to complete our application form and a member of the Ensembles team will be in touch with you.

Submit your application online