Joining the WPO
Please apply to join by filling out the form HERE or clicking the 'Apply Now' button elsewhere.
If we feel that you meet our required standard, we will first of all invite you to join us for a rehearsal so that we can make an assessment of your playing in context. Following this, we may invite you to join the orchestra immediately, or otherwise offer you a trial period with us (usually a number of rehearsals and including a concert). If invited to join, you would be expected to pay a subscription to the orchestra, and we ask you to take note of the Membership Details section of this website.
Percussion (General Section Member)
The WPO is seeking at least two percussionists to attend Monday evening rehearsals on a fairly regular basis, depending on the requirements of the repertoire programmed. As a high-standard non-professional orchestra, the WPO is fortunate to have its own extensive collection of first rate orchestral percussion instruments, which are available for all rehearsals. You will be working alongside our Principal Timpanist who, as a respected teacher of percussion, will provide mentoring to other members of the section.
The WPO is seeking a conservatoire-standard applicant for the post of Co-Principal Trumpet. You would be required to attend Monday evening rehearsals for up to 70% of any given season, depending on the requirements of the repertoire programmed. The sharing of parts with the WPO Principal Trumpet will be determined by the Music Director, in close consultation with the Principal Trumpet. You should ideally already have a fair amount of orchestral playing experience.
The WPO is seeking a high-standard Tuba player to attend Monday evening rehearsals on a fairly regular basis, depending on the requirements of the repertoire programmed. You should ideally already have a fair amount of orchestral playing experience and play an orchestral F tuba, reading from the bass clef, as opposed to a brass band instrument.
Strings (General Section Members)
The WPO welcomes applications from any string player wishing to join, but particularly Viola and Double Bass players who can commit to regular Monday evening rehearsals and wish to broaden and develop their existing orchestral experience. Applicants must be of at least Grade 8 standard, and should have confident sight-reading ability. Violin applicants will preferably be of diploma/conservatoire standard and be in regular practice.