FREE SFE Central Ensemble Auditions

Central Ensemble Auditions

We are now accepting applications our FREE SFE Central Ensembles (membership from September 2022).

Our SFE Central Ensembles rehearse weekly during term time, are free to attend, and entry is via audition. To find out what ensembles we have on offer, entry standards and audition requirements please visit

Auditions for Services For Education (Birmingham Schools’) Central Ensembles are open to young musicians in full time education who attend a Birmingham School or live within the city of Birmingham.

Central ensembles are designed for intermediate (approximately Grade 3 standard upwards) through to advanced performers. Our ensemble members are nurtured and supported by skilled professional tutors and conductors, developing their confidence and musical abilities.

Members will take part in memorable performances on the stages of Birmingham’s most prestigious venues, celebrating their musical achievements to packed audiences. All our ensembles serve as an extension to weekly instrumental/vocal lessons and school music making. By joining one of our groups your young musicians will be representing your school at city level.

Young musicians that are offered and accept a place in one of our SFE Ensemble are expected to maintain regular instrumental or vocal tuition to enable continued personal improvement.

Information for parents/carers

How to register and apply (New members only)

Please watch this video for a step-by-step guide

1.. Login to or register for an account

2.. If you are new to the portal, click ‘add child’ (this can be multiple times on each account)

3. If you already have an existing account click ‘view’ next to your child’s name

4. Click ‘Apply for a Central Ensemble’

5. Complete the information and select the ‘new member audition’ option

6. Check the timeline below for key dates

7. Visit to check audition requirements


Audition Timeline:

-The ensembles portal is now open now for registration for 2022-23 membership and will close on 17th June.

-Auditions for all ensembles will take place via a live ‘Teams Meeting’ audition between 5-8pm Monday11th-Friday 15th July.

-You will be contacted on 27th June with details of your audition date, time and link to join the meeting.

If you have any questions, please email