Come and play with SUSO!

Every year, the week before Freshers, the orchestra hosts its annual week-long ‘Pre-term’ Orchestra Course. The week is open to any orchestral musicians joining the University of Southampton, giving them the opportunity to play with the orchestra and get to know the existing members in a fun and relaxed setting before the orchestra is re-auditioned for the next academic year. It’s the perfect opportunity to make friends before the university term starts as well as developing your musical skills. The week comprises both musical and social events, with rehearsals every day, culminating in a concert at the end of the week, to which family and friends are invited.

We welcome interest from all orchestral players; however it is recommended you have a playing standard of at least grade 6, due the nature of the repertoire we perform.

In addition to orchestral playing, an important aspect of the week is the social side, as this helps new students to integrate into the full orchestra more easily, as well as introducing them to a few friendly faces around campus before they’ve even started! A variety of socials are held (although it should be stressed that there is no pressure to drink alcohol at any of them), previously including board games night, clubbing and even a traditional ‘Ceilidh’, with the help of the University’s Folk Music Society.

Preterm 2021:


20th-25th September


Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World ’ Dvo řá k
Finlandia Sibelius
Academic Festival Overture Brahms
Suita Rustica Kapralova


Dinner Parties, Film Nights and much much more!

To obtain further information or an application form please email