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 to in January/February and July each year. However, applications for orchestra seats in the 2017 Autumn concert (Belfast) are being processed earlier than usual - in June 2017 - to give players extra time to book holiday and rearrange clinics etc.
Any doctor working in Europe is welcome to apply. Section organisers 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 places.
Please respond promptly to the section organiser who will then inform you, again by email, whether you have been allotted a place or have been placed on a waiting list.
You must then confirm your acceptance within 14 days, or risk losing that place.
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.
When your place in the Belfast 2017 concert is confirmed... ALL payments will be by bank transfer...
WHEN YOUR PLACE IS CONFIRMED BY THE SECTION ORGANISER, PLEASE CONFIRM ACCEPTANCE PROMPTLY, AND WITHIN 14 DAYS PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE (£160 / 185€) VIA THE APPROPRIATE EDO BANK ACCOUNT. The price for the main social event (dinner) on the Saturday evening is £45 or 50€ per person. Paying for both the fee and social at the same time may minimise your total transaction charges.
UK Pounds Sterling Account (Please send UK Pounds Sterling to this account if you are paying from a pound sterling account, or an account in another currency which is not euros)
Sort code: 40-05-22
Account Number: 81434004
Euro Account (Please only use this account if you are paying from a euro account)
Name: The European Doctors Orchestra
Sort code: 40-05-15
Account number: 76595083
Bank Identifier Code (BIC): MIDLGB22
International Bank Account Number (IBAN): GB15MIDL40051576595083
Please use your name as the payment reference.
Please note that:
- the registration fee covers the costs of the weekend and refreshments and lunch during rehearsals. You will be expected to pay for your travel, accommodation and some of the social programme
- in a change to previous practice we will not be collecting fees using PayPal. Please do not attempt to send money to the orchestra via PayPal.
- in face of genuine financial hardship then members should contact the secretary IN ADVANCE.
- in the exceptional circumstances that a player cannot make a direct bank transfer then please contact the treasurer to discuss.
Preparing for the rehearsal
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.