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North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestra


The North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestra is for musicians in 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 sector 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, Mussorgsky and Bruckner amongst others.

The orchestra rehearses for one ’Launch Day’ each January and then for an intensive week of rehearsals 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.

Our aim is to inspire our younger students as they begin their time with County Orchestra by working alongside more experienced players and to continue the extremely high standard demonstrated by one of our leading Youth Ensembles in Yorkshire.

Concerto Opportunity: Each year the concert features one of it’s members playing a concerto. If you would like to apply, please contact Anne Heaton - Orchestra Director directly.

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 Launch Day for 2018 will be on Sunday January 28th at Tadcaster Grammar School. We will be welcoming guest conductors Ellie Slorach and Anna Beresford. Both are conducting students at the Royal Northern College of Music and have worked very successfully with the orchestra before.

To find out more and apply for a place at the 2018 Launch Day click here.

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