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YouTube sets up online audition for symphony orchestra

YouTube has set up online auditions for its very own symphony orchestra. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra will make its début performance next year at New York's Carnegie Hall with a brand new symphony by Tan Dan of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame.

Applicants have to perform a piece from the symphony and then post it on YouTube. In true X Factor style, a panel of judges will then choose the semifinalists before the vote is thrown open to the public on February 14.

The symphony is just over five minutes long and mashes up bits of Beethoven's Eroica, Tan Dun's Olympic theme and utilises a number of strange percussion instruments. Potential orchestra players can listen to the piece on YouTube before putting up their video. So it might be time to get the recorder out of the attic and give it a go.

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