Auditions for woodwind, brass and percussion players (for CCYO)

Next auditions: Wednesday 17 July 2018, from 6pm    
Apply for an audition to be a member of the City & County Youth Orchestra

We audition woodwind and brass players to become members of the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO) throughout the academic year with successful players starting with the orchestra at the following residential course.

Applications will be accepted up to two days before the audition date, but places will be confirmed on a first come first served basis. Percussion players may be invited to attend a rehearsal-audition at a different time. Our next auditions for the City & County Youth Orchestra will be -

  • Wednesday 17 July 2018, from 6pm 
    The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AE

Before you apply…

Please read the following advice before submitting your application for an audition.

  • Ability level − Applicants are expected to be of at least grade 6 standard. Where there is higher competition for places, an ability of up to grade 8 may be needed.
  • Availability − Applicants are expected to have good availability for the commitments of CCYO after the audition date.
  • Apply for CCYWB − In the application below you can tell us if you would also like to be considered for the City & County Youth Wind Band.
  • Reference − We need you to provide us with the contact details of your instrumental teacher so if necessary we may seek confirmation of your readiness to audition.
  • Confirmation − If you are under 18, you will need a parent/guardian to confirm your application before it can be submitted.

Audition requirements

An audition for the City & County Youth Orchestra will include a short performance of two pieces/studies, a selection of scales and arpeggios, and the sight-reading of an extract of music.

See the full CCYO audition requirements… (opens in a new tab)

CCYO diary for 2018-19… 

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


Submitting your application

Please complete the e-form below and submit. A member of the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership team will then be in touch before the audition date with more details.

Audition application - Wind, Brass and Percussion for CCYO

Note: Asterisks (*) indicate required information.

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About you
















About your instrument

If you wish to audition on more than one instrument, please submit a separate form. If you have not taken any Associated Board exams, we will need to contact your instrumental teacher for an approximate grade.







Your audition

You are currently applying for an audition for the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO). If you also want your application to be considered for the City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB), please tick the box below.



Your availability for future comitments

Your instrumental teacher

We may need to contact your teacher to confirm your readiness to audition.







Contact details

If you are under 18, you will need to provide the details of a parent/guardian.








Any other information

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If you experience any problems with this form please contact music.partnership@derbyshire.gov.uk and quote form ID: ILF/636/09