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.

Upcoming Concerts

Epiphany 2023 Concert Poster

A Night at the Musicals

North Road Methodist Church

Hill Orchestra presents A Night at the Musicals – an evening filled with the slow, reflective ballads of Les Misérables, and the joyful and catchy tunes of Guys and Dolls and West Side Story. We want our audience to sit down, relax and bop in time to the beat!

Doors open at 19:15 and the concert will finish by 20:30. Hope to see you there!

Don't miss out! Tickets are available online through the link below:

Tickets: https://www.musicdurham.org/event/a-night-at-the-musicals/

Our Exec


President photo Lucy Clennell
  • Castle
  • 2nd Year Liberal Arts
  • Flute


Treasurer photo Nadia Hussain
  • St Mary's
  • 2nd Year Natural Sciences
  • Flute


Secretary photo Isabel Drugan
  • Grey
  • 2nd Year English Lit
  • Violin


Publicity Manager photo Jess Donaldson
  • Grey
  • 2nd Year History
  • Flute

Co Social Sec

Publicity Manager photo Alex Chudasama
  • Trevs
  • 4th Year Natural Sciences
  • Big Violin


Conductor photo Isabel Gilchrist-Miller
  • Van Mildert
  • 2nd Year Maths
  • Baton!


Librarian photo Daisie Houlden
  • John Snow
  • 2nd Year MLAC
  • Flute

Co Social Sec

Social Secretary photo Chris Larkin
  • John Snow
  • 4th Year Earth Sciences
  • Violin


Webmaster photo Sarah Price
  • Van Mildert
  • 4th Year Physics
  • Cello

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 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

Isabel Gilchrist-Miller

I’m a 2nd year Maths student from Van Mildert and I’ll be conducting DUHO in 2022/2023. As conductor, I’d love you to become a member and help us produce some fantastic music together.

When not conducting, I’ll likely be found up a rock-climbing wall or performing in one of the various Durham dance societies!

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.