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.


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.

Next auditions: Saturday 9 November 2019, from 9am. Apply for an audition to be a member of the City & County Youth Orchestra.
Next auditions: Wednesday 13 November 2019 (evening) 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)