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.
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The 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.

  • Summer Residential Course 2019 | Monday 15 − Friday 19 July 2019
    Course at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
    Concert: Friday 19 July 2019, 7.30pm at The Octagon, Buxton Pavilion Gardens (see more...)
    (We have already held auditions for this event)


Upcoming dates for CCYWB 

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

  • RNCM Wind, Brass and Percussion Festival  |  Sunday 16 June 2019
    including a massed performance of Berlioz Symphonie Funebre at Triomphale and McMillan The Company of Heaven (for some players)
    (Details and arrangements will be sent by email to participating members of CCYWB)

  • 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)


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, Buxton Pavilion Gardens (See more...)