Preparing for the event
Music parts will be circulated for study and practice prior to the concert.
The concert weekend
A typical concert weekend comprises two days of intensive rehearsals, both orchestral and sectional, from 0900 - 1700, usually at a venue other than that of the concert, which has usually been on
the Sunday. There may be a rehearsal on the Thursday evening and there is a final rehearsal on the day of the concert at the concert venue. There are mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea breaks, and
an hour’s lunch break. The London winter concert is in the afternoon; the summer concert (usually on the European Mainland) is always held in the evening.
A Social Programme is organised for the evenings and a reception after the concert.
Eligibility to play
We welcome enquiries throughout the year from potential players from across Europe. Contact details for section organisers can be found here.
Players should be healthcare doctors (active or retired) and play to Grade 8 or equivalent.
Applying for a place in the next concert
Places in the orchestra 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.
Any doctor working in Europe is welcome to apply. 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.