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North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestra

North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestras for musicians Year 7+ and Grade 5+ in standard. For many students playing in the Youth Orchestra is the culmination of a student’s orchestral training in North Yorkshire. The orchestra is over 50 members strong and comprises of the most advanced and experienced young orchestral musicians within Yorkshire from both state and independent schools. The repertoire is designed to stretch players and introduce them to pieces they would not normally get chance to play in a Music Centre or school setting.
Recent concerts opportunities have been at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick and Ampleforth College and have included works by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Shostakovich and most recently the BBC Ten Pieces.
For 2019 the orchestra will meet for the Launch Day on Sunday January 20th and then for a residential course in July.
This intensive level of playing together enables the students to prepare challenging repertoire and understand the level of playing and commitment required for life beyond the youth orchestra, at national level and subsequently at university or conservatoire.
Concerto Opportunity: Each year the concert in July features one of the Youth Orchestra members playing a concerto. If you would like to apply, please contact Anne Heaton - Orchestra Director directly:
The cost of the orchestra course is £300
Student Composition: As part of the course students are encouraged to submit an original composition. This is a great place to try out GCSE and A Level compositions and you will work with Simon Wright (conductor) whose immense experience and advice will give you invaluable guidance and ideas. The orchestra will choose one composition to perform in the final concert. If you would like to submit a composition or find out more please contact Anne Heaton:
The County Orchestra brass players will also be working with the County Brass Ensemble and Big Band throughout the residential course culminating in an afternoon concert performance on Saturday July 13that 15.00. This concert will also feature the County Sax Ensemble.
All brass players will audition for places on the residential course during the launch day on January 20th 2019. For a copy of your audition piece please contact Chris Hirst at stating your chosen instrument.
The cost of this seven day residential is £325.
Launch Day for 2019 is on Sunday January 20th at Tadcaster Grammar School and will be conducted by Simon Wright

To find out more and apply for a place at the 2019 Launch Day click here.

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