Interested in joining an Ensemble?
There are currently seven Bands, Orchestras and Ensembles which rehearse on saturday mornings and six evening groups. These are all run through our charity, The Leicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust.
Information about each group for the academic year 2016 / 17, including grade level, rehearsal venue, rehearsal and performance dates etc, can be found here.
Please see below for the ensembles that are suitable for your instrument or voice – please note that your application will be for all the opportunities available rather than a specific group.
We have an outstanding reputation for providing quality aspirational and motivating ensembles and performance opportunities for students. Every group rehearses weekly practising repertoire to be performed at the end of each term in high quality venues around Leicestershire. At each performance there is chance for students and parents to see performances by other groups within the LS ensemble structure and also those given by our Hub partners including school groups.
How do I join?
Entry to determine membership to our Intermediate and Senior ensembles ( LSSO, Concert Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Training Orchestra) for the academic year 2017-18 will be by audition. Places in the Junior Concert Band, Strictly Strings, Steel Pan Ensembles and all our evening groups are by application and will not require an audition. Auditions give us a chance to hear you play and make sure you are placed in the most suitable group to give you the best and most enjoyable experience.
Once you have registered for an audition, we will confirm your audition time, date and venue and what we would like to hear you play. Auditions will be held on Saturdays (usually the morning) and will start after Easter. NB Audition appointments will be emailed out and cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances.
Auditions are free of charge but there is a cost associated for membership of a group. For the audition, students will be asked to prepare one piece of their choice and will be given a scale to prepare, along with appropriate sight reading. (Your instrumental teacher will be able to help you prepare for the audition).
The deadline for applications is Friday 26th May. If you would like to audition for a place, please contact us ASAP as this will help with the audition timetabling process.
Results and placings will be emailed out by the end of July - these will include links to all the details you will need regarding rehearsal dates, times, venues and concerts.