AuditionsStrings: No, Rest of Orchestra: Yes
Rehearsal SpaceReid Concert Hall, Edinburgh
Rehearsal TimeSaturdays 10.30am – 1.30pm


Sinfonia is a semi-auditioned full symphony orchestra that rehearses under the baton of Sam McLellan.

The orchestra aims to provide an opportunity for keen string players to get a chance to rehearse and perform with a full scale orchestra without the stress of auditions, whilst also trying to create enough of a challenge for the auditioned woodwind, brass and percussion sections. Auditions take place during Freshers Week at the beginning of every academic year and involve performing a previously selected piece of music as well as some sight reading. All string players are welcome to join the orchestra without auditioning, although we expect a standard of at least ABRSM grade 6 (grade 8 is ideal) to cope with the challenging repertoire.

Like the society’s other ensembles, Sinfonia holds a concert towards the end of every term in venues such as the Reid Concert Hall, Greyfriars Kirk and St Mary’s Cathedral. Recent concerts have included performances of challenging works such as Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides and Bizet’s Carmen Suites, as well as a performance of Planet, a contemporary piece composed by the University’s own Afrodita Katmeridou. Sinfonia further serves as a platform for talented student soloists to perform with a full orchestra.

For further details, please get in touch with our Sinfonia Manager at

Read about our other ensembles:

  • Chorus, an non-auditioned choir of over 100 people.
  • Symphony Orchestra, an auditioned, large orchestra of a very high standard.