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.

CCYWB diary for 2018-19...  

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) --

  • National Concert Band Festival − Nottingham Heats  |  Sunday 2 December
    (Arrangement details sent out when confirmed)

  • 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 (see more...)

  • National Concert Band Festival − Finals |  Sunday 14 April
    + Rehearsal on Friday 12 April
    (Rehearsal on 12 April at the Hayes Conference Centre, 6.45−9.30pm (note: venue change))

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, from 6pm 
Apply for an audition to be a member of the City & County Youth Wind Band