Auditions for woodwind, brass and percussion players

Next auditions: Wednesday 13 November 2019, evening.

Apply for an audition to be a member of the City & County Youth Orchestra and/or Wind Band

We audition woodwind and brass players to become members of the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO) and Wind Band (CCYWB) throughout the academic year with successful players starting with the ensemble at the following residential course.

Applications will be accepted up to two days before the audition date, but places will be confirmed on a first come first served basis. Percussion players may be invited to attend a rehearsal-audition at a different time. Our next auditions for Wind and Brass players will be -

  • Wednesday 13 November 2019, evening
    The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AE

Before you apply…

Please read the following advice before submitting your application for an audition.

  • Ability level − Applicants are expected to be of at least grade 6 standard. Where there is higher competition for places, an ability of up to grade 8 may be needed.
  • Availability − Applicants are expected to have good availability for the commitments of CCYO/CCYWB after the audition date.
  • Ensemble − In the application below you can tell us which ensemble you'd like to be considered for, or both
  • 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 audition.
  • Confirmation − If you are under 18, you will need a parent/guardian to confirm your application before it can be submitted.

Audition requirements

An audition for the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO) will include a short performance of 2 pieces/studies, a selection of scales and arpeggios, and the sight-reading of an extract of music.

Audition requirements for CCYO

An audition for the City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB) will include a short performance of one piece/study, a selection of scales and arpeggios, and the sight-reading of an extract of music.

Audition requirements for CCYWB

Upcoming dates for CCYO  

Upcoming activities, courses and concerts for the City & County Youth Orchestra.

  • February Residential Course 2020  |  Sunday 16 − Tuesday 18 February 2020 
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick 
    Concert: Tuesday 18 February 2020, 7.30om at The Riverside Centre, Derby

  • Summer Residential Course 2020  |  Monday 13 − Friday 17 July 2020 
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick 
    Concert: Friday 17 July at The Octagon, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton


Upcoming dates for CCYWB  

Upcoming activities, courses and concerts for the City & County Youth Wind Band.

  • Rehearsal morning  |  Sunday 6 October 2019, 9.00am-1.00pm 
    The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AU

  • Whitemoor Lakes residential Course 2019  |  Sunday 27 − Wednesday 30 October 2019 
    Course at the Whitemoor Lakes Centre, nr. Lichfield 
    Concert: Wednesday 30 October at the Whitemoor Lakes Centre, nr. Lichfield 
    (Our next auditions will be for this event)

  • Rehearsal morning  |  Sunday 9 February 2019, 9.00am-1.00pm 
    The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AU

  • Spring residential course  |  Saturday 14 − Sunday 15 March 2020 
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AU 
    Concert TBC

  • RNCM Workshop Day  |  Sunday 26 April 2020
    Details TBC


Submitting your application

Please follow the link below to complete our audition application form and a member of the Ensembles team will be in touch with you.

Submit your application online