Our upcoming meeting dates are as follows:

Oloumouc - Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st May 2020 (with Sunday evening concert)
Glasgow - Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd November 2020 (with Sunday evening concert at 19.00hrs) 

The shape of a concert weekend

A typical concert weekend spans four days starting with rehearsals on the Thursday evening, then two full days on Friday and Saturday (09.00 - 1700hrs for example), and a final rehearsal on Sunday prior to the concert.  Attendance at ALL rehearsal sessions is expected for those successful in obtaining a place. 


There are mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea breaks, and an hour’s lunch break.  A social programme is organised for the evenings, and often a reception after the concert.

The recruitment process

Any doctor in Europe (working or retired) and currently at or above Grade 8 standard (or equivalent) may apply. Our section organisers welcome enquiries throughout the year from potential players, though places for a performance are usually recruited up to five months in advance of each event in order to give players extra time to book holiday and rearrange clinics etc.  

Section Organiser


Jennifer Waters
Violas Julian Elias
Cellos Ruth Nash
Basses Bob McFarland
Woodwind Karen Riddle
Horns Heinz Zimmermann
Trumpets and Trombones Robin Schwerdtfeger
Percussion Rohan Shotton

Section organisers may also contact recent players directly by email, inviting them to apply and giving details of the next concert. Players should reply promptly to the section organisers, who will subsequently inform players if they have been offered a place. You must then confirm your acceptance within 14 days, or risk losing the place.  Section organisers may manage a waiting list to fill places that become available.


NOTE: DO NOT PAY OR BOOK FLIGHTS ETC. UNTIL YOUR PLACE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE SECTION ORGANISER. Most sections of the orchestra are now oversubscribed and not everyone will be able to play in every concert. 

Preparing for the event

Music parts will be circulated for study and practice prior to the concert weekend.