City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO)
The Derbyshire City & County Youth Orchestra 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
The orchestra usually meets twice a year for residential courses in February and July. The orchestra prepares high-standard music in rehearsals with accomplished instrumentalists tutoring for the duration of the courses, and 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.
Many of the players in CCYO continue with the orchestra up to leaving school, and sometimes returning whilst at University or further study.
The orchestra has recently been conducted by Peter Stark, Jon Malaxetxebarria and Mark Heron, performing Shostakovich− Symphony no.5 (2016), Vaughan Williams − A London Symphony (2017), Bernstein − On the Waterfront Suite (2018), Berlioz − Symphonie Fantastique (2018) and Sibelius – Symphony no.2 (2019).
What's coming up for the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO)...
Summer Residential Course 2020 | Monday 13 – Friday 17 July 2020
Sadly, this event can no longer go ahead
February Residential Course 20201 | Sunday 21 – Tuesday 23 February 2021
Course and concert details will be updated when confirmed
In the archives...
You can find more about what the City & County Youth Orchestra has done in the last few years in the CCYO concerts and events archive.
Becoming a member of the City & County Youth Orchestra
Entrance into the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO) 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.
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.