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
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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, and with 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 directed by Peter Stark − Professor of Conducting at London's Royal College of Music − and has recently performed works such as Holst− The Planets Suite, John Adams− Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Shostakovich− Symphony no.5 and Vaughan Williams− A London Symphony.

What's coming up for CCYO…

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

Summer Residential Course 2018

  • Course  −  Monday 16 July − Friday 20 July 2018 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AU
  • Concert  −  Friday 20 July 2018, 7.30pm at Trent College, Long Eaton NG10 4AD

February Residential Course 2019

  • Course  −  Sunday 17 July − Tuesday 20 July 2019  (Location TBC)
  • Concert  −  Tuesday 20 July 2019  (Location TBC)

What's happened…

You can find more about what the City & County Youth Orchestra has done in the last few years in the CCYO concerts and events archive.


Becoming a member of 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.

Next auditions: Saturday 10 November 2018, from 9am
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Next auditions: November 2018 TBC   
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