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City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO)

The Derbyshire City & County Youth Orchestra is one of the flagship large ensembles for Derby and Derbyshire, bringing together many of the most talented young musicians from schools and music centres across the city and county

The orchestra usually meets twice a year for residential courses in February and July. The orchestra prepares high-standard music in rehearsals with accomplished instrumentalists tutoring for the duration of the courses. There is also time for recreation and socialising with like-minded musicians from across the city and county.

Each course culminates in a high-profile performance at venues across Derbyshire. Many of the players in CCYO continue with the orchestra up to leaving school, and sometimes returning whilst at University or further study.

The orchestra is regularly conducted by Peter Stark and Jon Malaxetxebarria with recent performances including Vaughan Williams A London Symphony, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (2018), Sibelius Symphony no.2 (2019) and La Forza del Destino (Verdi). See the full CCYO concerts and events archive for more.

City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO) diary

Summer Residential Course
Monday 18 - Friday 22 July 2022 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

Join the City & County Youth Orchestra

Entrance into the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO) is done by audition, where applicants are expected to be of at least grade 6.

Competition for places is quite high, and we expect many players who are given a place in this ensemble to be up to, and beyond grade 8 standard.

String players

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Woodwind, Brass or Percussion players

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