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.
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The 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.


What's coming up for CCYO… 

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 coming up for CCYWB…  

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

  • Rehearsal Morning | Sunday 30 September 2018, 9.00am − 1.00pm
    The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
    (ahead of the Whitemoor Lakes residential course)

  • Whitemoor Lakes Residential Course | Sunday 28 − Wednesday 31 October 2018
    Course at the Whitemoor Lakes Centre, nr. Lichfield
    Concert: Wednesday 31 October 2018, 7.30pm at the Whitemoor Lakes Centre (see more…)
    -- (Applications are no longer being considered for this event) --

  • February Residential Course | Sunday 17 − Tuesday 19 February 2019
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
    Concert: Tuesday 19 February 2019, 7.30pm at the Riverside Centre, Pride Park, Derby


What's coming up for DDSO…  

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

  • February Residential Course 2019 | Sunday 17 − Tuesday 19 2019
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
    Concert: Tuesday 19 February 2019, 7.30pm at the Riverside Centre, Pride Park, Derby

  • Summer Residential Course 2019 | Monday 15 − Thursday 18 July 2019
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
    Concert: Thursday 18 July 2019, 7.30pm at The Octagon, Buxton Pavilion Gardens