Player Applications for 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of the orchestra you can apply by emailing with a video recording of your playing, your CV or short Biography and a scan of an ID for proof of age. Please remember that you must be over 18 to take part and that the number of places in the orchestra is limited. All rehearsals and concerts will take place from the 6th and 12th of August and all players must be available for all of the dates. 

The principal works in this years program will be announced shortly and the required musicians will not exceed those called for in these works. The program will also include a new work by a young Irish composer details of which can be found below.

If you are interested in becoming concertmaster or one of the string section leaders please also include a video recording of the following relevant excerpts from Beethoven's 7th Symphony: 

Violins: 1st Movement, bars 83-138.
Violas: 1st Movement, bars 83-138.
Cellos: 1st Movement, bars 134-174.
Double Bass: 1st Movement, bars 14-23.

Links to Scores and Parts can be found here.

If you would like any more information about the application process, fees, accommodation or transport, please don't hesitate to contact us or see our F.A.Q section. Festival details may be subject to change.

Composition Submissions for 2018

Once again the Esker Festival Orchestra is delighted to announce that it is now accepting submissions for an original composition to be rehearsed and performed during our summer Festival and Tour. Submissions are open to all composers under the age of 35 who are either Irish citizens or currently residing in Ireland. A panel made up of members of the orchestra as well as an independent professional composer will choose the successful work. The work will be rehearsed during our residency from the 6th and 12th of August followed by performances in throughout Ireland.

The deadline for submissions is July 1st 2018 and the chosen work will be announced shortly thereafter.

More specific details can be found below:

Composition for Orchestra
Circa 10 minutes in Duration


2 Flutes, optional doubling Piccolo
2 Oboes, optional doubling Cor Anglais
2 Clarinets, optional doubling Bass Clarinet and Eb Clarinet
2 Bassoons

2 French Horns
2 Trumpets
1 Trombone

2 Percussionists


Full String Section

Submissions must include a musical CV, scan of an ID for proof of age, a brief analysis of the piece, a full score and a mock up or recording if possible, at least a Sibelius or finale file.