There is no substitute for the experience of doing an audition - walking into a room full of people that look at you sternly and often sit with their arms folded waiting to be impressed. I did 20 auditions before I had any success at all'
The Strad's second Strad Sunday on 3 May 2015 at London's Barbican Centre featured a panel discussion on orchestral auditions - from preparing excerpts to excelling in your first trial.
The panel was chaired by director of music at the Guildhall School Jonathan Vaughan, and featured London Symphony Orchestra first violinist Maxine Kwok-Adams and LSO violist Germán Clavijo.
Listen to The Strad's first Strad Sunday discussion on violin sound and see if you can pick the Stradivarius violin from sound alone.