Joining UCPO

1. The philosophy

Rehearsal at St Giles, 18 November 2009

UCPO welcomes orchestral players of all abilities, there are no auditions and we enjoy a friendly, informal atmosphere. If you'd like to find out more, just grab your instrument and come to one of our rehearsals, or email our membership secretary. You will get the opportunity to make many new friends outside of college (and even the university!), and if you bring a music stand then the committee will love you forever as well.

You don't have to be an undergrad to join (though we do love undergrads); we have many members who are grad students, or staff, or not linked to the university at all.

Each May/June, we select our conductors and soloists for the next academic year via interview/audition. If you're interested in playing a concerto with us, keep an eye on the website news (on the homepage). If you would like any further information, e-mail the committee.

2. The theory

We rehearse every Wednesday night, from 7.30 p.m. (but please arrive a little earlier to set up) until 10pm, including a break with coffee, tea and often jaffa cakes. A good chance to mingle. Each rehearsal is followed a visit to the pub (currently the Castle Inn). Don't worry if you don't know anyone - none of us did when we first joined. If you can't make the 7.30 p.m. start, come along anyway - we prefer regular members to turn up on time, but many people have good reasons why they can't - and this is fine.

Membership costs 20 per year, but you can come to your first few rehearsals to decide whether you like us before paying. You can also come along to 'Baby' rehearsals (held on Saturdays). Especially if you're a string player.

3. The reality

Our usual rehearsal venue for the 2016-17 academic year is St Giles Church (details at left).

If you're not sure how to find us, email the committee and we'll make sure you find us.

Look out for our stall at the Freshers' Fair each October, where you can sign up for our interested mailing list or the audience list (if you'd rather just find out when the concerts are), and talk to orchestra members in person.

Once you turn up to a rehearsal, and you like it, you can join our main mailing list and - if you have some time on your hands (or a predisposition for procrastination) and looking for intelligent banter - soc-ucpo-misc. You can also find us on Facebook, and occasionally on Twitter.

Rehearsal at St Giles 15 October 2008

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