Frequently Asked Questions
We welcome experienced orchestral players of at least grade 8 standard. Good sight-reading is a must! Please note that wind and brass must be experienced orchestral players with excellent sight-reading. This is to ensure that the overall standard of the orchestra is high enough for everyone to enjoy.
Here's the brochure for the 2015 course, which contains an application form.
Please see the location page.
No, you will need to bring your own.
There will be a minibus arranged to bring players from Shrewsbury rail station. Please book in advance, and include your payment with final balance.
There is a bar on campus and also a number of local pubs, cafés, tea-rooms and supermarkets within walking distance. Ellesmere also has plenty of shops.
There is a swimming pool, available daily before breakfast from 7am-8am. There is also a gym (for which you will need to attend an induction session). There are also tennis courts. There is a small amount of cycle parking on campus.
Make certain that you apply together.
There will be a noticeboard where you can indicate if you're interested in taking part. Please bring your own music. It is not always even necessary to sign up: certain individuals are notorious for ensnaring the unwary in their chamber music plans - you have been warned!
No, everyone should bring their own. You may wish to bring more than one to make it logistically easier, e.g. for chamber music sessions. Lower strings, remember to bring spike protectors!
No, smoking is not permitted anywhere in the college buildings.
If you have any other queries, please contact the secretary, at email@example.com.