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.

Upcoming dates for CCYWB 

Upcoming activities, courses and concerts for the City & County Youth Wind Band.

  • Rehearsal morning  |  Sunday 9 February 2019, 9.00am-1.00pm 
    The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AU

  • Spring residential course  |  Saturday 14 − Sunday 15 March 2020 
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AU 
    Concert TBC

  • RNCM Workshop Day  |  Sunday 26 April 2020 
    Details TBC

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