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City & County Ensembles

Three large-scale ensembles for higher-achieving young instrumentalists; the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra and the City & County Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Band.

DDMP logoThe Schools' Orchestra, Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Band meet at various times of the year for residential courses and rehearsals. Each is directed or conducted by renowned conductors and perform challenging repertoire at concerts and festivals throughout the year.

Becoming a member of the City & County Ensembles

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! 

Begin your application now

We accept applications for the three ensembles all year round and, when necessary, run auditions at various points during term time. 

Auditions

If face-to-face auditions are not possible, we will arrange for the submission of video recordings in their place. Details of the audition process will be explained as part of the application process on our website. New players should apply by following the links on these pages.


What's coming up for the City & County Ensembles...

What's coming up for the City & County Youth Orchestra (CCYO)...

February Residential Course 2021  |  Sunday 21 – Tuesday 23 February 2021
Sadly, we have had to cancel this course.

Summer Residential Course 2021  |  To be confirmed...

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

What's coming up for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO)...

February Residential Course 2021  |  Sunday 21 – Tuesday 23 February 2021
Sadly, we have had to cancel this course.

Summer Residential Course 2021  |  To be confirmed...