St Andrews Symphony Orchestra
The Society's Flagship Ensemble
The St Andrews Symphony Orchestra is the largest orchestra in town.
Fully auditioned, the Orchestra consists of the University's finest student instrumentalists and is professionally conducted by Michael Devlin.
The Orchestra plays a varied repertoire drawing principally from the core symphonic works and composers. Recent repertoire includes Dvořák's final three symphonies, his Slavonic Dances and his Cello Concerto, Sibelius' First Symphony, Tchaikovsky's "Romeo & Juliet" Overture and his First Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto and Gershwin's "An American in Paris".
Past performances include concerts with Viv McLean (former winner of the Maria Canals Piano Competition) and Christian Elliott (Principal Cellist of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and former Guest Principal of the SCO and the BBC Philharmonic) as well as a performance with SATB chorus of "Ever to Excel", a piece commissioned by the Music Society and written by former University Composer in Residence Mark Boden as part of the University's 600th anniversary celebrations.
We are currently appointing a new conductor for the 2019/20 session.
The committee's decision will be announced shortly.
Martinmas Repertoire 2019
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai. Scheherazade, Op. 35.
Sibelius, Jean. Finlandia, Op. 26.
Marquez, Arturo. Danzón No. 2.
Martinmas Semester Schedule
Rehearsals every Tuesday, commencing Tuesday 24th Sept (excluding Tuesday 22rd October).
All rehearsals take place in the Younger Hall.
Concert Date: Thursday 28th November
Auditions will take place on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September in the Stewart Room and Rehearsal Room respectively. The audition should only last approximately 5-10 minutes and a warm up room will be available before hand.
We ask all prospective members of the Orchestra to audition at the start of each academic year, including returning students. However, this process need not be a source of anxiety - it is quite informal and the panel consists of only the conductor. Players should prepare a piece they are comfortable playing unaccompanied and there will also be some sight-reading.
Auditions for St Andrews Strings are conjoint with the orchestral auditions - players interested in both need only arrange one audition. If only interested in St Andrews Strings, a separate time can be arranged (see here).
Find us at the Music Fayre, Freshers' Fayre or email to arrange an audition.
Contact with any enquiries about St Andrews Symphony Orchestra.