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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

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.

What's coming up for the City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB)...

The CCYWB timetable for 2020-21 academic is currently being worked out. The details below will be confirmed as soon as possible. 

New-Year Rehearsal (TBC)  |  a Sunday in late January / early February 2021
Preliminarily at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

Spring Residential Course (TBC)  |  a weekend course in March/April 2021
Preliminarily at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

RNCM Music Festival of Wind and Brass  |  Sunday 18 April 2021
at the Royal Northern College of Music


In the archives...

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.

Apply for an audition to be a member of the City & County Youth Orchestra and/or Wind Band.