City & County Ensembles

Three large-scale ensembles for higher-achieving young instrumentalists; the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra and the City & County Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Band.

DDMP logoThe Schools' Orchestra, Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Band meet at various times of the year for residential courses and rehearsals. Each is directed or conducted by renowned conductors and perform challenging repertoire at concerts and festivals throughout the year.

Becoming a member of the City & County Ensembles

If you enjoy playing as part of a large ensemble and want to perform with some of the most talented young musicians in Derbyshire, the City & County Ensembles are for you! 

Begin your application now

We accept applications for the three ensembles all year round and, when necessary, run auditions at various points during term time. 

Changes to our audition process

Whilst face-to-face auditions are not possible, we will arrange for the submission of video recordings in their place. Prospective players should make applications through our website, which details the requirements for video submissions, but we will contact you to make any further arrangements afterwards.


What's coming up for the City & County Ensembles...

What's coming up for the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO)...

Summer Residential Course 2020  |  Monday 13 – Friday 17 July 2020
Sadly, this event can no longer go ahead

February Residential Course 20201  |  Sunday 21 – Tuesday 23 February 2021
Course and concert details will be updated when confirmed

What's coming up for the City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB)...

The CCYWB timetable for 2020-21 academic is currently being worked out. The details below will be confirmed as soon as possible. 

Autumn Rehearsal (TBC)  |  a Sunday in late September / early October 2020
at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

Whitemoor Lakes Residential Course 2020  |  Sunday 25 – Wednesday 28 October 2020
Course and Concert at The Whitemoor Lakes Centre, nr. Lichfield

New-Year Rehearsal (TBC)  |  a Sunday in late January / early February 2021
at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

Spring Residential Course (TBC)  |  a weekend course in March/April 2021
at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

RNCM Music Festival of Wind and Brass  |  Sunday 18 April 2021
at the Royal Northern College of Music

What's coming up for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO)...

Summer Residential Course 2020  |  Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 July 2020
Sadly, this event can no longer go ahead

February Residential Course 20201  |  Sunday 21 – Tuesday 23 February 2021
Course and concert details will be updated when confirmed