Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra

The highly acclaimed Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra was formed in 1990 and is resident at Glyndebourne between September and October each year before going out on the Tour. The orchestra assembles each year and comprises a diverse mix of highly talented and committed freelance players.

The quality of a performance stands by what is presented on stage and, equally importantly, played in the pit. The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra makes a significant contribution to the success and stature of the Tour, delivering a wide range of repertoire with distinction and versatility.

‘Dean’s score, thrillingly played by the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra under Duncan Ward bears rehearing.’
- Hamlet review, Sunday Ti​mes, 2017

‘[the orchestra] sounded as if it’s played this stuff for years. It was a dazzling display by what is, after all, a non-permanent seasonal band.’
- Hamlet review, WhatsOnStage, 2017

‘Leo McFall paced Mozart’s gem of a score with zing, drawing characterful playing from the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra.’
- Così fan tutte review, Bachtrack, 2017

‘…the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra perform as if born to the baroque style.’
- Saul review, The Guardian, 2015


Pit Perfect

Pit Perfect is Glyndebourne’s development scheme for young professional instrumentalists. This offers postgraduate instrumentalists the opportunity for paid engagement with the Tour Orchestra for a concentrated period during the 2019 Tour from late September until early December. Applications for 2019 have now closed, please check this page later in the year for information on applications for 2020.


For further information concerning the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra please contact the Orchestra Manager at: jonathan.tunnell@glyndebourne.com