Auditions at the Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment

The ensemble, specialized in the Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoire, will select 5 section violins

The Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has announced a selection process, by audition and/or trial, in order to cover five Section Violin vacancies. These positions will cover the OAE’s core Baroque and Classical repertoire but may also include Romantic repertoire according to the candidate’s experience and interests. Experience in historically informed performance is essential. The OAE operates rotating section seating so applicants should expect to play in both the first and second violin sections.

The selection process announced on the OAE website requires that applicants, who must be highly qualified and experienced, send an e-mail before 29 June 2016 with the completed application form (downloadable from the website) to this address: In addition, two references should be sent directly from the referees to OAE. Some applicants may be asked to submit a video recording of themselves as a preliminary measure prior to the audition selection process.

Successful applicants will be invited to audition and/or trial. Auditions will take place on Monday 25 July and Monday 12 September 2016. The pitch for the audition will be A=415 and the accompanying keyboard will be a harpsichord. The program for the first round of the audition (screened) includes one movement from J.S. Bach Partita in E major and the first movement (without cadenza) from any violin concerto by Mozart. The program of the second round (without screen) includes orchestral passages (some to be played with OAE panel members) from compositions by Monteverdi, Couperin, Händel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven as well as the Sonata n. 1 by Purcell in B minor (from the 10 sonatas in four parts – second violin part).

London based OAE is also Associate Orchestra at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival; it produces about 100 concerts per year. It is a self-governing orchestra and all members are expected to take an active part in the governance and promotion of the orchestra.

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