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
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The 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, 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 DDSO will go on to audition and gain a place in the City & County Youth Orchestra.

In recent years the orchestra has been directed by accomplished Venezuelan conductors Natalia Luis Bassa and Veronica Urrego. The Orchestra has recently performed works such as Copland− Buckaroo Holidayfrom Rodeo, Strauss− Radetzky March, Walton− Crown Imperial and Beethoven− Symphony no.5, final movement. The orchestra regularly works on creative projects with Sinfonia Viva.

What's coming up for DDSO…

Upcoming activities, courses and concerts for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra.

Summer Residential Course 2018

  • Course  −  Tuesday 17 July − Thursday 19 July 2018 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AU
  • Concert  −  Thursday 19 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 Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra has done in the last few years in the DDSO concerts and events archive.


Becoming a member of the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra

Entrance into the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO) is done by application, where applicants are expected to be of at least grade 4 for strings, and grade 6 for the limited wind places. Competition for places is quite high, and we expect many players who are given a place in this orchestra to be of grade 5 or 6 standard.

Next application deadline: Sunday 25 November 2018 
Apply to be a member of the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO)