Durham University Hill Orchestra

Durham University Hill Orchestra is one of the main orchestras at Durham University. It is unique in terms of its total inclusivity – the orchestra is completely non-auditioned and welcomes orchestral players of any level and experience. DUHO enjoys a relaxed and friendly approach to tackling exciting concert repertoire, ranging from classic film scores such as The Empire Strikes Back, E.T. and The Lord of the Rings to orchestral greats, including Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony and Sibelius’ Finlandia.

With a history of passionate and inspiring conductors, great concert opportunities in beautiful venues, yearly tours and fun and imaginative socials, DUHO offers the perfect way to keep the pleasure of orchestral music-making alive at Durham University.

Our Exec


President photo Charlotte Brown
  • Castle
  • 2nd Year Physics
  • Cello


Treasurer photo Kat Lloyd
  • Hild Bede
  • 3rd Year Law
  • Flute


Secretary photo Ruo Yu Ow
  • South College
  • 2nd Year Psychology
  • Violin

Concerts & Rehearsals

Rehearsals & Concerts Manager photo Dylan Bunyan
  • Castle
  • 2nd Year History
  • Oboe


Conductor photo Ohin Cheng
  • Castle
  • 2nd Year Philosophy & Theology
  • Baton!


Publicity Manager photo Isobel Hine
  • John Snow
  • 3rd Year History
  • Violin


Librarian photo Chloe Ellison
  • Hatfield
  • 3rd Year Biology
  • Clarinet


Outreach Officer photo Tom Sale
  • Van Mildert
  • 2nd Year Ancient History
  • Cello

Social Secretary

Social Secretary photo Chris Larkin
  • John Snow
  • 2nd Year Geophysics
  • Violin


Webmaster photo Barnaby Collins
  • St Cuthbert's Society
  • 3rd Year CompSci
  • Bass Clarinet

President's Welcome

Welcome to Durham University Hill Orchestra! As Durham's only university-wide, non-auditioned orchestra, we pride ourselves on producing high standard performances whilst maintaining a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere for everyone. We perform a wide range of music from film and TV scores to traditional concert favourites. We also enjoy shining a light on lesser known composers and have even performed premiers of Durham student compositions.

With termly concerts, regular socials and the possibility of an annual tour, even if you haven't picked up your instrument in a while, come and give Hill Orchestra a try! We are commited to providing you with the best possible experience so follow us on our social media pages to stay up to date with all our plans for the year and keep an eye out for our stand at the University's Virtual Fresher's Fair. Feel free to send us an email if you have any questions about who we are or what we do.

We can't wait to meet you!


Our conductor

Conductor photo

Ohin Cheng

I’m a 2nd year Philosophy and Theology student from Castle and I’ll be conducting DUHO in 2020/2021. As the conductor of DUHO, I would like to invite you to become one of our members and to produce some fantastic music together.

When I’m not conducting, you might also find me talking to the camera alone — vlogging for my YouTube channel or singing.

Join Us

If you're thinking of joining us, get in touch via email or message us on Facebook. If you want to become a member on a permanent basis, membership of The Hill Orchestra is available to anyone at Durham University and gives you access to discounted Hill Orchestra merchandise and recognition of your hard work in our concert programmes as well as enabling us to buy more high quality music to perform.

Alternatively, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at the society email address.