Becoming a member of the City & County Ensembles
Submit your application to become a member of the Schools' Orchestra, Youth Orchestra or Youth Wind Band now…
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!
We accept applications for the three ensembles all year round and, when necessary, run auditions at various points during term time. Find the ensemble you're interested in below and follow the links to our application pages.
The City & County Ensembles have not met during the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions may continue to have an impact on how they run into the future.
Anyone wishing to apply is welcome to do so, but we can't guarantee if we will be able to arrange any auditions at this time or what format they will be.
City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO) and Wind Band (CCYWB)
For our flagship ensembles, applicants should have passed at least grade 6, however depending on competition for places, an ability of up to grade 8 may be needed.
Apply for an audition to be a member of the City & County Youth Orchestra.
Apply for an audition to be a member of the City & County Youth Orchestra and/or Wind Band.
Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO)
The Schools' Orchestra is a stepping stone to our flagship orchestra, the City & County Youth Orchestra. Applicants should have passed at least grade 4, and we expect many players to be of grade 5 or 6 ability.
Applicants for the limited number of wind places need are expected to be at least grade 6 ability.
Apply to be a member of the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO)