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.

What's coming up for DDSO...

Summer Residential Course 2020  |  Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 July 2020
Sadly, this event can no longer go ahead

February Residential Course 20201  |  Sunday 21 – Tuesday 23 February 2021
Course and concert details will be updated when confirmed


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