City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB)

The Derbyshire City & County Youth Wind Band 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 band usually meets for two residential courses a year in October and March as well as for special projects and festivals including the National Concert Band Festival. The Band prepares high-standard music in rehearsals with accomplished instrumentalists tutoring for the duration of courses and rehearsals, 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.

Members of CCYWB are often players in their local music centre or schools bands and ensembles, with many continuing with CCYWB up to leaving school.

The band is directed by Mark Heron (Conducting staff at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music) − and has recently performed well-known works for symphonic wind band such as Ellerby− Paris Sketches, Holst− First and Second Suites for Band, Woolfenden− Celebration, and Hess − Grand Central Station.


Upcoming dates for CCYWB 

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

  • RNCM Wind, Brass and Percussion Festival  |  Sunday 16 June 2019
    including a massed performance of Berlioz Symphonie Funebre at Triomphale and McMillan The Company of Heaven (for some players)
    (Details and arrangements will be sent by email to participating members of CCYWB)

  • Whitemoor Lakes residential Course 2019  |  Sunday 27 − Wednesday 30 October 2019
    Course at the Whitemoor Lakes Centre, nr. Lichfield
    Concert: Wednesday 30 October at the Whitemoor Lakes Centre, nr. Lichfield
    (Our next auditions will be for this event)


What's happened...

You can find more about what the City & County Youth Wind Band has done in the last few years in the CCYWB concerts and events archive.


Becoming a member of the City & County Youth Wind Band

Entrance into the City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB) 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: Wednesday 17 July 2019, from 6pm    
Apply for an audition to be a member of the City & County Youth Orchestra and/or Wind Band