EUCO is an auditioned string orchestra with 20-25 string players, professionally conducted by Paul McClure and under the supervision of our student committee.
Under normal circumstances, EUCO rehearses every Monday during term time at 18:30-20:00 and holds at least one concert at the end of each term to showcase our work, giving us the chance to perform in venues such as the beautiful Mary Harris Chapel.
We play a wide variety of music to a professional standard thanks to our conductor Paul’s guidance. Our repertoire includes pieces like Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Vivaldi’s Double Violin Concerto in A Minor, Mozart’s Symphony No.25, to contemporary pieces such as Copland’s “Hoe Down” to Abreu’s Brazilian “Tico Tico no Fuba!”.
As well as our termly concerts, our orchestra has been on tours to places such as Berlin and Seville to have the chance to perform across Europe! We have also taken part in a concert with Choral Society where we performed Vivaldi's Gloria and have worked with one of the local primary schools to help inspire a passion for music. We hope to continue further outreach with university societies like this as well as with the wider community!
Please audition before you buy a membership with us. This year, Chamber auditions are combined with Symphony Orchestra front desk string auditions. The date, times and location are tbd - check our Fixr page when they are released. If you are unable to make it for the audition times available but are still interested in joining us, please contact us and we will try to accommodate you!
Aims and Objectives:
- To provide a welcoming environment where players can challenge their musical abilities with our ever-growing repertoire – from baroque and classical to contemporary!
- To give all members the opportunity to play professional repertoire under the guidance of a professional conductor.
- (Under normal circumstances) To perform at least one concert at the end of each university term.
- To continue to strengthen our outreach to the wider community.