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Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO)

The Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra is an intermediate level orchestra for talented young musicians from schools and music centres across the city & county, acting as a stepping stone to the City & County Youth Orchestra.

DDMP logoThe orchestra usually meets twice a year for residential courses in February and July. The orchestra prepares 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 the players in DDSO progress to being a member of the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO)

In recent years the orchestra has been directed by Natalia Luis-BassaVeronica Urrego and Caroline Hobbs-Smith with recent performances including Buckaroo Holiday from Rodeo (Copland) Conga Del Fuego (Marquez), Symphony no.8, first movement (Dvorak) and Fatinitza March (Suppe). See the DDSO concerts and events archive for more. The orchestra also regularly works on creative projects with Sinfonia Viva.

When is DDSO meeting next?

February Residential Course and Concert
Sunday 18 – Tuesday 20 February 2024
Residential course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
Concert at Reach Derby, Pride Park, Derby – find out more

Summer Residential Course and Concert
Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 July 2024
Residential course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
Concert at The Octagon, Buxton Pavilion Gardens

Join the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra

We accept applications all year round from new players wanting to join the orchestra. Successful players are then invited to start at the next course or event.

  • Ability − Applicants should be at least grade 4 standard for strings, and at least grade 6 standard for wind and brass (which have limited places due to the balance of an orchestra).
  • Availability − Applicants are expected to have good availability for the commitments of the orchestra. These are listed above.
  • Reference − We need you to provide us with the contact details of your instrumental teacher so if necessary we may seek confirmation of your readiness to be in this ensemble.
  • Confirmation − If you are under 18, you will need a parent/guardian to confirm your application before it can be submitted

Apply for place now!

Make an application now for a chance to play in the orchestra in February 2024.

Apply now DDSO Join (2022)

Friends and Sponsorship of the City & County Ensembles

Support our ensembles by becoming a Friend or sponsoring a concert Your generosity will go a long way in supporting the orchestras by enabling us to provide bursaries for those facing financial hardship and help us maintain our rarer and more expensive instruments.