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 conducted by Peter Stark (Professor of Conducting at London's Royal College of Music) and Jon Malaxetxebarria. Recently performed works include Shostakovich− Symphony no.5 (2016), Vaughan Williams − A London Symphony (2017), Bernstein − On the Waterfront Suite (2018) and Berlioz − Symphonie Fantastique (2018).


CCYO diary for 2018-19… 

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

  • Basque Tour 2019 | combined concerts with the Basque Youth Orchestra in Derbyshire and Bilbao, Spain
    Strings rehearsal: Sunday 17 February 2019
    Basque tour: Saturday 13 − Sunday 21 April
    including concerts: Tuesday 16 April at the Albert Hall, Nottingham and 18, 19, 20 in Bilbao

  • Summer Residential Course 2019 | Monday 15 − Friday 19 July 2019
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
    Concert: Friday 19 July 2019, 7.30pm at The Octagon, Buxton Pavilion Gardens


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 11 May 2019, from 9am
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Next auditions: Wednesday 17 July 2018, from 6pm    
Apply for an audition to be a member of the City & County Youth Orchestra