The Orchestra offers opportunities to young musicians at the start of their professional careers, training them in work alongside experienced principal players and thus helping them towards regular secure employment. Depending on repertoire, the Orchestra numbers between 12 and 22 players and it performs without conductor. The EUCO Director is usually a concert master of a well established orchestra or a well known chamber music player.
Including rehearsals for two, maybe three days, tours last usually between one and two weeks.
Who should audition for 2019/2020?
Oboists, Horn and String players who are in their final year of study or have just completed their studies, who already have experience of playing chamber music and in a chamber orchestra. After a trial tour, if invited, you must commit yourself to a minimum of three tours within 12 months. Your professor should be in agreement with these conditions, if you are still studying at a conservatoire.
What to expect:
Performing in a small, high level group with distinguished directors and soloists is a valuable experience as is that of a tour, playing concerts in different halls of between circa 300 and 2000 seats.
Work with established professional musicians can provide contacts and hence information about future auditions for fully professional orchestras. From time to time EUCO players are offered opportunities to perform solo and double concertos with the orchestra.
EUCO gives around 30 concerts each year on four or five tours. Recent EUCO tours have included the UK, Germany, Spain, Malta and Egypt.
How to apply for an audition:
We need from you:
- A completed audition application form. (You can download it from this page or request it from the address below.).
- A curriculum vitae, including details of your teachers, playing experience and competition prizes.
Or post it to:
Devon EX31 3LQ
Auditions will take place during EUCO Tour periods. The short-list of those invited to audition will be drawn up by the EUCO management and this decision is final.
For your audition we ask you to play the first movement of a Classical concerto and a work of your own choice. You must then be ready to undertake sight-reading and play a pre-prepared piece from the chamber orchestra repertoire.