Hello, Many thanks for expressing an interest in playing with the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra. We’re always pleased to hear from prospective new playing members.
The Society is a Registered Charity and consists of the orchestra itself, its patrons, subscribers & sponsors and an executive committee appointed at the Annual General Meeting (usually held in June). The committee is made up of officers, playing members and subscriber representatives – all volunteers.
Membership of the orchestra involves application, audition, and acceptance by the executive committee in consultation with the appropriate Section Principal and the Orchestra Leader. Full membership for the 2011-12 season costs £90 per annum (£30 per subscriber concert), (which can be paid in two instalments, if desired & is agreed). There are reduced rates are available to those in full-time education or suffering financial hardship.
We currently have vacancies at present for violins, violas, ‘cellos, double basses, tuba and percussion. In particular we are especially looking for a few more good violinists please to boost the sections.
Unfortunately, we do not necessarily have vacancies in all sections of the orchestra at any one time and applications will be considered in that light. If we cannot accommodate you as a playing member at the moment, your name can be placed with a Section Principal in case of unexpected opportunities.
When making an application please give details of your qualifications and playing experience (with dates), and remember to send us your contact details so that we can get back to you. As amateur players aspiring towards professional standards of performance and musical excellence our expectations are naturally high; attainment of at least ‘grade 8′ level (strings level 7) can be anticipated as a general indication of the Phil’s minimum requirements (and to avoid any possible disappointment &/or misunderstanding).