Membership of the NPO is subject to an audition process. String players are invited to sit on the front desk for a rehearsal following which a decision is made by the leader and string principals as to whether the player will be invited to join the section list for that instrument. Wind and Brass vacancies will usually be a series of audition rehearsals for selected candidates, following which a small number of candidates will be invited to do a trial concert.

We currently have vacancies for 1st trombone and 2nd trumpet and we are always interested to hear from players who wish to apply to join the extra player & deputies list. 

If you would like to be considered for the vacancies please contact the Administrator (  with details of your musical training, background and orchestral experience.

String numbers are generally healthy at present, and the NPO tends to perform with full sized symphony orchestra sections for most repertoire. We welcome approaches from interested players of suitable standard.  We currently have a vacancy for a principal second violin and we welcome applications from players with appropriate experience.

We welcome approaches from percussionists who might be interested in joining our extras list. Our librarian also fixes extra players such as percussionist, so please contact her via


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