Join Us

Are you interested in joining us? We are always keen to attract new members (aged 18 and over)! We don't hold auditions - instead we invite you to come along and decide with us whether you are comfortable with the required standard. As a guide, we would normally expect players to be comfortable playing Grade 8 repertoire.

Membership costs £130 per season, with reduced rates for students and retired members. We expect all members to commit to our concerts and help with marketing and publicity.

The orchestra rehearses in South Belfast on Tuesday evenings from September to May each season. We encourage regular attendance and ask members to make the effort to be ready to play at the rehearsal start time of 7.30 pm. Rehearsals normally run until approximately 9.30 pm, with a break for a cup of tea!

There are normally 6 or 7 rehearsals to prepare for each concert. The final rehearsal will normally be on the afternoon of the day of the concert, at the concert venue. This allows the stage and seating to be arranged, and also gives the orchestra the opportunity to adjust to the accoustic.

We currently have vacancies in the Violin, Viola, Double Bass, French Horn and Percussion sections.

To apply for one of these sections, please follow this link to complete an Application Form

If you play an instrument which is not listed above, then unfortunately there are no current vacancies.

You may, however, still express your interest in playing with the orchestra at some point in the future or on an ad-hoc basis by adding your details to our Player Database