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. 

Upcoming dates for CCYO

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

  • February Residential Course 2020  |  Sunday 16 − Tuesday 18 February 2020 
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick 
    Concert: Tuesday 18 February 2020, 7.30om at The Riverside Centre, Derby

  • Summer Residential Course 2020  |  Monday 13 − Friday 17 July 2020 
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick 
    Concert: Friday 17 July at The Octagon, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton


Upcoming dates for CCYWB

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

  • Rehearsal morning  |  Sunday 6 October 2019, 9.00am-1.00pm 
    The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick DE55 1AU

  • Whitemoor Lakes residential Course 2019  |  Sunday 27 − Wednesday 30 October 2019 
    Course at the Whitemoor Lakes Centre, nr. Lichfield 
    Concert: Wednesday 30 October at the Whitemoor Lakes Centre, nr. Lichfield 
    (Our next auditions will be for this event)

  • 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 2019 
    Details TBC


Upcoming dates for DDSO

Upcoming activities, courses and concerts for the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra.

  • February Residential Course 2020  |  Sunday 16 − Tuesday 18 February 2020 
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick 
    Concert: Tuesday 18 February 2020, 7.30 at The Riverside Centre, Derby

  • Summer Residential Course 2020  |  Tuesday 14 − Thursday 16 July 2020 
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick 
    Concert: Thursday 16 July 2020, 7.30 at The Octagon, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton