Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO)

The Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra is an intermediate level orchestra for talented young musicians from schools and music centres across the city & county, acting as a stepping stone to the City & County Youth Orchestra.

The orchestra usually meets twice a year for residential courses in February and July. The orchestra prepares 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 DDSO will go on to audition and gain a place in the City & County Youth Orchestra.

In recent years the orchestra has been directed by accomplished conductors Natalia Luis-BassaVeronica Urrego and Caroline Hobbs-Smith The Orchestra has recently performed works such as Copland− Buckaroo Holidayfrom Rodeo, Beethoven− Symphony no.5, final movement and Suppe − Fatinitza March. The orchestra regularly works on creative projects with Sinfonia Viva.


Upcoming dates for DDSO  

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

  • Summer Residential Course 2019  |  Monday 15 − Thursday 18 July 2019 
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick 
    Concert: Thursday 18 July 2019, 7.30pm at The Octagon, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton (See more...)

  • 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


What's happened...

You can find more about what the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra has done in the last few years in the DDSO concerts and events archive.


Becoming a member of the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra

Entrance into the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO) is done by application, where applicants are expected to be of at least grade 4 standard for strings, and at least grade 6 standard for the wind and brass places, which are limited in number due to the balance of an orchestra. We welcome all applications and carefully review which will be successful depending on the orchestration of the repertoire for each course. Very occasionally we need to audition wind or brass players if we are oversubscribed, to enable us to select the most appropriate players.

Apply to be a member of the Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra (DDSO)