Youth Orchestras

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, Ampleforth College and Harrogate Ladies College and have included works by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Shostakovich and most recently the BBC Ten Pieces.
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 Ian Bangay – Head of Music Service:
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 :

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by North Yorkshire County Youth Orchestra | 2021 weekend course

2024 will build on the great success of the 2023 concerts and tours. To apply please contact Jane Atkinson at