Southbank Centre is a proud champion of women in the arts. As part of our Women in Music strand, we are pleased to announce that we are once again creating a Women of the World Orchestra for 2018.

Aimed at music students, those starting out in their performing careers and gifted amateur musicians, we invite women aged 18 and over to join this orchestra to play alongside and network with professional section leaders as part of a special year-long education opportunity.

Since 2011, this orchestra has been part of Southbank Centre’s WOW festival, a weekend of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls from around the world. A highlight for the WOW Orchestra is a performance at Royal Festival Hall as part of Mirth Control – an electrifying night of comedy and music performed and inspired by women and hosted by Sandi Toksvig.

As a member of the orchestra you have the opportunity to take part in a number of additional development opportunities throughout the year. These include attending masterclasses and talks with inspiring women, Southbank Centre’s Women in Music breakfasts, networking opportunities, educational workshops and tickets to open rehearsals and Southbank Centre concerts.

WOW Orchestra application is now closed.

The WOW concert last night was just fantastic and it was an honour to share the stage with so many amazing and talented women. To play for such musical legends was dream come true. Thank you so much for the opportunity
Through attending a WOW workshop, I've now made contacts that might help me set up a music festival
I had a really enjoyable time and felt uplifted by the whole event. Very supportive, positive and great fun
As a result of being part of the WOW Orchestra, I pay more attention to women's situations… and recognise the part I could play to improve things