Preston Symphony Orchestra has players from the local area and further afield, with a diverse range of day jobs, ages and backgrounds. A Committee elected by members of the orchestra runs the orchestra on a day-to-day basis and the views of players are sought as much as possible in decision-making.
Players pay a membership fee, either annually or per concert, to cover the cost of venue and music hire.
We welcome new players – particularly violins. Additionally we are currently seeking a Timpanist/Percussionist and an extra Double Bass and Tuba.
There are no auditions, but players should have reached at least Grade 5 AMEB or equivalent and have good sight-reading skills. Experience in ensemble playing is very useful.
New players are very welcome for 2018. Rehearsals are now underway for Concert 3. Rehearsals for Concert 4 will start in October.
If you are interested in joining the orchestra for one or more concerts, please email:
The orchestra performs 4 concerts a year, each preceded by 8 rehearsals over 7 weeks (generally Monday evenings). Repertoire ranges from major Romantic symphonies to the premieres of new Australian works.
Join for one year: $100 ($50 concession – not working and under 25)
Or play for one concert: $40 ($30 concession)
All rehearsals are 7.30pm – 10.00pm.
Please arrive by 7.20pm to set up in time.
Rehearsals are held in both Preston City Hall and the Salvation Army Hall on different nights – please check. Both venues are in Gower St, Preston.