Join the Orchestra

BCO is a two-tier orchestra, with professional principals and talented amateurs playing side-by-side.
If you have completed professional training, you can apply for one of our Principal positions.
Vacancies:           Bass (Double Bass and Bass Guitar)
French Horn

If you are skilled at your instrument and have experience playing with others, you can audition for a volunteer position.

Vacancies:           Violins
French Horn

Student Position
Aged 16-21. If you are still at school or undergraduate at university/conservatoire you can apply for a student position. Your expenses are paid, and there are developmental opportunities. Same vacancies as volunteer positions.

If there is not a vacancy in your instrument, you can audition to join our dep list. These auditions take place every year in June.


  • Auditions are informal and are scheduled on request at an agreed time.
  • Auditions are always in Brixton.
  • You will be auditioned by the Music Director and a Trustee or Principal
  • You are asked to bring a piece of classical music to play without accompaniment.
  • You will be asked to attempt some sight reading.
  • For principal players, there will also be orchestral excerpts set.
  • All auditionees will have the option to present a second piece in any style or genre which may strengthen their application.

To join BCO as a player, contact us at and we can arrange an audition.