City & County ensembles

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

These three ensembles meet at various times of the year for residential courses and repertoire days. Each is directed or conducted by renowned conductors and perform challenging repertoire at various concert venues across the city and county throughout the year. Find out more about each ensemble, as well as past events, by visiting each ensemble's profile pages.

Becoming a member of the City & County Ensembles


Entrance into the City & County Youth Orchestra, Wind Band and the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra begins here by submitting an application through these pages.

Applications to the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO) and to audition for the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO) and Wind Band (CCYWB) can be made at any time with auditions running at different times of the year.

What's coming up…

Monday 17 - Thursday 20 July 2017 Summer residential course for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO).
Monday 17 - Friday 21 July 2017 Summer residential course for the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO).
Thursday 20 July 2017, 7.30pm Concert for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO) performing works rehearsed at their summer residential course.
Friday 21 July 2017, 7.30pm Concert for the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO) performing works rehearsed at their summer residential course.