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. 

Details for Summer 2018 concert in University of Warwick, Coventry

The rehearsals and accommodation: The committee has decided to arrange a residential style course for rehearsals and accommodation, so that we can be altogether all of the time! 


This will all take place at the Warwick Conference Centre which is on the University of Warwick campus, near Coventry.


The player fee will be £550 (€625) per person.

The player’s package will include:

• Registration fee

• 3 nights B+B en-suite accommodation (additional nights can be purchased through the hotel) with wifi and access to Warwick University sports facilities (including pool, gym and sauna)

• All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments from Thursday evening to Sunday lunchtime

• Drinks reception at the Priory Undercrofts (with  return transport to the venue)

Evening Gala dinner at the Hotel 

• Post-concert drinks reception.


For those who wish to share, a small number of twin rooms are available for players and partners at a reduced price:


Two players sharing a double or twin room will pay a total of £1000 (€1136)


Players sharing with a non-playing partner/ guest will pay a total of £750 (€852)

Non-playing partners/ guest package will include:

• B+B accommodation sharing with player/partner

• Evening meals on Thursday and Friday

• Drinks reception at the Priory Undercrofts (with  return transport to the venue)

• Evening Gala dinner at the Hotel

• Post-concert drinks reception.



Registration will close on Wednesday 28th February.


As always PLEASE DO NOT make payment or book transport until your place has been confirmed. Further details about payment will be provided after places are offered.