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Apply for Southbank Sinfonia

Applications to join Southbank Sinfonia in 2018 are currently open.

Every year, we invite 33 players from all over the world to be part of Southbank Sinfonia, undertaking an intensive ten-month programme, designed to prepare you for all aspects of professional musical life. We are looking for musicians who not only have talent but dedication, team spirit, imagination and willingness to explore and embrace new ideas.

Running from late January to late November 2018, Southbank Sinfonia is a concentrated programme that on average will occupy you about four days a week. This always includes three core days from Tuesday to Thursday, though we have a number of concerts and opportunities that arise on other days and provide players with a full list of these 'dates to note' when they first join. Some weeks entail three days; some entail more. Nonetheless, we always strive to ensure you have time almost every week to build other aspects of your career and pursue professional work.

In return for your commitment to the programme, Southbank Sinfonia promises you the opportunity to:
  • Be part of one of Europe's most exciting young orchestras, renowned for its energy and excellence
  • Develop the stamina needed to cope with the demanding schedules of professional orchestras today by playing in concerts every week, both in central London, around the UK and abroad
  • Master a huge range of repertoire, including many essential works that professional orchestras will expect you to know well, in addition to immersing yourself in numerous styles and disciplines including fully-staged opera, dance and theatre projects, and everything from Baroque to jazz to brand new contemporary music
  • Collaborate with some of the world's leading orchestral musicians in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Academy of St Martin in the Fields, making invaluable lasting contacts with artists who have much insight to offer and may help advance your career Perform on many of London's iconic stages as well as distinguished venues further afield, plus a summer residency at the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany, Italy
  • Perform with some of the most admired guest musicians in the business: we have recently performed with conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Antonio Pappano, Edward Gardner, Mark Wigglesworth, John Wilson, jazz champion Guy Barker and Baroque specialist Adrian Butterfield, to name a few
  • Further your skills in a variety of musical roles, assuming all seats within your orchestral section, learning how to excel when leading or following, undertaking a significant range of chamber music projects for which you can recommend repertoire, and audition for a concerto opportunity if you wish
  • Develop the kind of leadership skills that all professional orchestras look for, being a more confident communicator and negotiator, presenting concerts yourself, and becoming an experienced and assured role-model to young people, leading and devising inspirational projects of real integrity
  • Define your own personal musical goals and, with our help, evolve the professional toolkit and contacts you need to fulfil these
  • Distinguish yourself among graduates by being part of an orchestra which fixers and figures across the profession recognise for the exceptional standard and outlook of its players
In the words of Mark van der Wiel, Principal Clarinet of the Philharmonia and London Sinfonietta, 'the level of confidence, skill and musical awareness which they gain in a short time with Southbank Sinfonia is extraordinary. I'd strongly recommend it to any young player embarking on an orchestral career.'

There is no fee to be part of Southbank Sinfonia: every place is free, and it's free to apply too. Furthermore, every player is awarded a bursary to help towards the cost of living in London which players supplement with income from their own performing and teaching activities. In 2017, the bursary is £8,000.

To be eligible, you should play one of the following orchestral instruments to a high standard and have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate music degree either at music college or university, or achieved an equivalent musical qualification. Please note, it is generally not possible to undertake the programme while still studying.

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Percussion

The application deadline is Monday 3 July 2017. Selected applicants are then invited to audition in September and interview in October. To find out everything you need to know about applying for Southbank Sinfonia, simply download and read our Application Pack below.

Below you can find out more about life at Southbank Sinfonia and read some Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any further queries about the programme or the audition process, please do not hesitate to contact us on or you are welcome to call one of our team on 020 7921 0370 who will be very happy to give advice.

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Lane Cove Concert Band
is a community band organisation based in Lane Cove, Sydney. It has three concert bands of varying standards and each has positions available for horn players. Please see the website for more details The band does have some instruments to hire to members at very reasonable rates. Contact the membership officer Jackie Brighton via the band website.

Fisher's Ghost Youth Orchestra
FGYO currently has positions available for Horn players as well as other orchestral musicians. FGYO has been promoting the musical development of young people in South West Sydney for over 25 years. The orchestra is conducted by David Griffin and rehearses in Campbelltown every Friday afternoon & evening during school terms. FGYO perform 3 concerts a year, a Toddler Proms series, School Holiday Orchestra Workshop days and play at a variety of Community Events.

The Training Orchestra provides an exciting opportunity for young and new musicians to take their first steps into Orchestral playing. The music selection is easier and more appropriate for younger players. (AMEB Grade 1-3) Training orchestra rehearses on Friday afternoons from 4PM to 5PM.

The Senior Orchestra caters for more experienced players and covers music which can be much more challenging but rewarding. (Minimum standard AMEB Grade 4 or equivalent). The senior orchestra rehearses on Friday evenings from 5PM to 7PM. Adult musicians are also welcomed to join based on the instrument requirements of the orchestra. The senior orchestra is currently offering a scholarship for Bassoon and Double Bass player.

For further information visit our website, face book or call Keren Jamieson on 0425 239 352

MOSMAN Symphony Orchestra has positions vacant for brass players especially French Horn. We are a community orchestra based in Mosman on the North Shore of Sydney. We welcome players of all backgrounds and music capabilities and would welcome an enquiry from you to become a member. Please contact our Membership Secretary by email on .

Strathfield Symphony Orchestra
Strathfield Symphony Orchestra needs horn players from time to time. They rehearse on Monday nights at Strathfield Town Hall and perform four seasons a year. Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor: Sadaharu Muramatsu. Enquiries: or check the website:

Inner West Community Band

The Inner West Community Band is a brand new concert band welcoming new members to all sections. The band offers an opportunity to meet other community members while performing exciting and diverse repertoire at events such as community events, competitions and concerts.

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, 7pm-9pm at Annandale Creative Arts Centre, Annandale. For more information email or visit

City of Sydney Wind Symphony (A Grade Band) need Horn players for the Nationals in April.  The band rehearses Wednesday night at Willoughby. Contact them via their web site

Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra
The WPO performs four concerts a year and it's various wind, string and brass ensembles perform ad hoc recitals for the Woollahra Council and private functions.
The orchestra's programmes feature ripping repertoire for horns, Wagner, Bruckner, Sibelius, Stravinsky, you name it, we play it. We need more French Horn players of AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent standard.
Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at 7.30 in St Columbas Church, corner of Ocean St and Forth St. Woollahra.
Call Nigel Price on 0418203725 or visit for more information.

The Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra
The Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra in Brisbane are running low on horn players. They are looking for players who are at least grade 5 or 6 standard.
They practice every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Old Museum Concert Hall, Cnr Bowen Bridge Rd and Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills. They perform at least 4 or 5 times a year.

North Sydney Symphony Orchestra
The NSSO needs horn players of minimum standard AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent. We perform concerts five times a year and rehearse at Crows Nest on Monday nights from 7.30pm. Our conductor is Steven Hillinger and our concertmaster, Shuti Huang (Sydney Symphony). Further information: Please contact Graham Ball on 9427 2404 or

Amateur Chamber Music Society
The ACMS is an Australian mailing list of people who are interested in playing chamber music. We are currently looking for more horns to join. Our current membership is about 300 people from mainly Sydney but also around Australia. It includes string, wind and piano players of varying ability levels and ages.
Involvement in the group at a minimum is to pay the membership fee and receive the membership directory and the regular newsletters in the mail. At a maximum you can get involved in ad hoc chamber music playing at people's houses, attend the organized playing days (5 per year. Held on Sundays), go to the 3 day Wollongong camp on the Australia day long weekend. Perform in a Sunday sunset concert (held about every 2 months at Kirribilli neighbourhood centre), get involved in the much smaller Blue Mountains playing days. All involvement is entirely optional.
We have a committee which runs things and another committee which does the Wollongong camp. The group has been going for over 20 years.
We also have a library which currently has around 500 items, many only recently purchased. In this listing are around 50 pieces for wind quintet. We also have many other pieces involving horn including 4 quintets for horn and strings.
For more info visit our website
where you will find details of how to join.

Inner West Concert Band is looking for players of all ages, skills and abilities to join. We really need flutes, clarinets, bassoons, trombones and clarinets but trumpets, saxophones, tubas, percussion and french horns are also very welcome. Rehearsal is on Thursday evenings, 7:30 at Burwood Girls High School, Queen St, Croydon. Conducted by Glenn Armitage the band was only formed in February this year. For more information call the school on 9747 3355.

Ku Ring Gai Philharmonic Orchestra need some horn players. Grade 7 AMEB minimum standard. Please via