Symphony Orchestra is one of the largest societies on campus, with members taken from the ranks of the string, wind and brass players in Warwick Music Centre. Since there is no full time music degree at the University, everyone who takes part in any activity in the Music Centre is there because they want to be.

The string section for the orchestra is completely unauditioned, brass and wind players are auditioned at the beginning of Term 1.

Symphony Orchestra regularly participates in national and European tours, and details of our last tour to Slovenia can be found on our website. We are conducted by the University's Director of Music, Paul McGrath, as well as Lucy Griffiths (Assistant Director of Music).  We receive String Coaching from the Coull Quartet.  

Our first few rehearsals are open to anyone without auditioning and everyone is welcome to play in the free concert.

Our first rehearsal of term 1 2017 is open to all and will take place on Tuesday 3rd October 19:00-21:30 in the Avon Drama Studio (in the marquee), Westwood. This will be in preparation for our free concert 'Another Openin' Another Show' which is open to ALL players and will be on Tuesday 10th October 19:30 in the Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre. After that we will be rehearsing for our concert at the end of term 1, for which the wind and brass will be auditioned and the strings non-auditioned.



Term 1 Repertoire

Beethoven MASS IN C, John Adams ABSOLUTE JEST, Shostakovich SYMPHONY NO. 5, Hely-Hutchinson CAROL SYMPHONY

Term 2 Repertoire

Dvorak NEW WORLD SYMPHONY, Dvorak TE DEUM, Smetana VLTAVA from MA VLAST, Parry JERUSALEM, FUSED 7 Pieces, [Chamber Orchestra J S Bach ST JOHN PASSION]

Term 3 Repertoire

Tchaikovsky 1812 OVERTURE, Beethoven SYMPHONY NO. 9

Schedule for first half of Term 1 2017

Week 1

  • Rehearsal: Tues. 3rd October, 7pm-9:30pm, Avon Drama Studio (Westwood)

Week 2

  • Rehearsal for free concert: Tues. 10th October 6pm-7pm , Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre
  • FREE CONCERT: 'ANOTHER OPENIN' ANOTHER SHOW' Tues. 10th October 7:30pm-9:45pm, Butterworth Hall
  • Wind and Brass auditions: Friday 13th October 9:30am-4pm, Music Room 1

Week 3

  • Rehearsal: Tues. 17th October 7pm-9:30pm, Avon Drama Studio (Westwood)

Week 4

  • Rehearsal: Tues. 24th October 7pm-9:30pm, Avon Drama Studio (Westwood)

Week 5

  • Rehearsal: Tues. 31st October 7pm-9:30pm, Avon Drama Studio (Westwood)



In the summer term of the academic year 2015/2016 we collaborated with the Young People's Symphony Orchestra from California, performing pieces such as Bernstein's Candide Overture.  We performed An American in Paris along side the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) in May 2015 and worked with various music groups such as Warwick World Music Group, Chinese Orchestra and Indian Music Ensemble as part of the annual Fused collaboration.


Exec. Members 2016-2017:

  • President - Ewan Thomas
  • Secretary - Emily Olsen
  • Treasurer - Rachel Gaskell
  • Social Secretary - Jacob Jones and Victoria Eden
  • Librarian - Sophie Tuckwood and Anne-Sophie Faivre

For more information on our rehearsals concerts and tour, see our website at

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