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The Category Young Persons Orchestras and Bands is a subset of Orchestras and Bands. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Young Persons Orchestras and Bands which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Orchestra/Band's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Young Persons Orchestras and Bands do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Bideford Youth Pipe Band

- COSI Chamber Orchestra of St Ives

- East London Symphony Orchestra

- East Riding Youth Brass Band


! Young Persons Orchestras and Bands KEY
VISITS (to Website)24
VIEWS (of Record)53

'An independent, self funded, community based brass band ... formed in January 1994 ... The band perform throughout the year, and are noted for the diversity of their engagements which include Concerts, Garden Fetes, Local Processions, Church Functions, Birthday Parties and Garden Parties ... Players of any standard, whether on brass or percussion, are more than welcome. The band has a number of instruments available to loan.'

+ Astley Youth Band
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of Record)281

'A youth orchestra for children aged 8 - 18. We have four sections, currently best described as friendly ensembles: • String Orchestra; • Wind Band; • Concert Orchestra; • Symphony Orchestra.'


+ Bearsden and Milngavie Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)192
VIEWS (of Record)420

'The Ilfracombe & District Youth Band "Blazing Sounds" welcomes young people aged six to eighteen, living in Ilfracombe and the surrounding villages. If any adults would like to join, bandmaster Emma would be very pleased to hear from you as well.'


+ Blazing Sounds
VISITS (to Website)136
VIEWS (of Record)350

'Has established itself as one of the best youth brass bands in the UK, performing concerts and competing in contests across Cornwall and beyond ... Young, current or aspiring, brass and percussion players are always welcome to join the organisation, having the opportunity to learn and perform in a range of ensembles: the Training Bands, Camborne Junior Contesting, Camborne Youth, and Camborne Brass.'

+ Camborne Youth Bands
VISITS (to Website)178
VIEWS (of Record)254

‘A concert band and choir of approximately 50 young people between the ages of 8 and 25, based in West Yorkshire, England. We meet every Friday evening in term time ... to prepare for regular concerts throughout Yorkshire.’


+ Castleford Young Musicians
VISITS (to Website)64
VIEWS (of Record)117
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Comprises some of the most talented young musicians from all over Cheshire. The Cheshire Youth Orchestra and the Cheshire Youth Training Orchestra provide a fun and friendly environment where young musicians can meet and play in a symphony orchestra setting on a regular basis to develop their musical skills.’

+ Cheshire Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)180
Also indexedCheshire Youth Training Orchestra
VIEWS (of Record)327

‘CYSO's first official rehearsal took place in September 2014 and is aimed at young players of orchestral instruments based in Chester. The Orchestra gives Chester's young players the chance to play in a full symphony orchestra. The atmosphere in rehearsals is fun and friendly whilst working hard to achieve a high level of professionalism developing musical skills and experience. Entry is through a short, informal audition and applications are welcome at any time.‘


+ Chester Youth Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)139
VIEWS (of Record)312

One of the range of orchestras and bands operating under the auspices of the City of Belfast School of Music : ‘Each year, players from the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra (CBYO) make up approximately 50% of the Ulster Youth Orchestra and a few of our students have  been fortunate to be selected for the National Children's Orchestra, National Children's Brass Band as well as the National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain and Ireland ... The CBYO has a constantly changing membership. Approximately 1/3 of its members leave each year and are replaced by musicians who come from other bands and orchestras within the School of Music. For over half a century the CBYO has contributed significantly to the musical and cultural life of Belfast providing an outlet for its many talented young musicians.‘


+ City of Belfast Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)63
VIEWS (of Record)116

'We are a group of secondary aged pipers and drummers from Inverness and the surrounding area. We play at various events across the City of Inverness.'

+ City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band
VISITS (to Website)126
VIEWS (of Record)323

‘The Colchester-based Colne Valley Youth Orchestra (CVYO), made up of the CVYO Main Orchestra and its junior partner, the Colne Valley Training Orchestra (CVTO), was established in 1980 ... The aim of the orchestra has always been to afford musical and social opportunities to youngsters aged 7-18 no matter what their background. Many CVYO members have since gone on to become professional musicians.’


+ Colne Valley Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)76
VIEWS (of Record)138
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'First established in 1994, gives young local musicians from Congleton and the surrounding areas an opportunity to learn, play and perform music. With currently around 100 members CYO has a senior full orchestra and two training groups (strings; woodwind & brass), which all perform together at concerts at least 3 times a year.'


+ Congleton Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)168
VIEWS (of Record)335
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘DYJO is the place for young people to learn jazz in Devon. DYJO teaches young people from across the whole of Devon including Exeter, North & South Devon, Torbay to play and perform a wide variety of Jazz ... DYJO has won many national awards over its history for its performances and educational programme, and continues to play to enthusiastic audiences in Devon and beyond. Our main educational programme includes intensive monthly rehearsals from September to March, as well as a three-day residential in October half-term.’


+ Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)102
VIEWS (of Record)148
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A brass band of committed players aged between 9 and 18 years old from the Pennine village of Dobcross in Saddleworth in the north of England. Formed in 1988 with a few village children it has now grown into a thriving organisation playing 30 to 40 engagements each year comprising of fundraising, contesting, social outings and supporting charities. The Band aims to provide an environment where children and young people, irrespective of ability or background, can learn to play a brass instrument, improve their musical skills, perform successfully as a band and develop an understanding of discipline, self respect and teamwork. We have lost count of the number of players who started with the band and then moved on to other higher graded bands. Many championship band players started their life with the Dobcross Youth Band.’ ALERT Website Link changed to Facebook Link at Review.

+ Dobcross Youth Band
VISITS (to Website)115
VIEWS (of Record)205

'An independent youth orchestra well known for its vibrant and exciting performances of a wide range of mainly 19th and 20th century symphonic works and concertos. The orchestra has about 90 members aged between 13 and 19 years from a wide range of backgrounds who attend more than 30 different schools around west London.'


+ Ealing Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)180
VIEWS (of Record)321

‘A symphony orchestra of young musicians aged 13-21 from all over Scotland. Under the guidance of an internationally renowned conductor and soloist and with a team of professional tutors, the main EYO course takes place over a full week each spring, immediately followed by concerts in major venues around Scotland. The orchestra has a long history of touring, both within the UK and abroad, and will normally meet again during the summer months to prepare for concerts, either on home ground or further afield.‘


+ Edinburgh Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)66
VIEWS (of Record)143

'Set up in Autumn 2011 as a successor to the Orchestra of the Pagoda which ran from 1999 to 2009. The Orchestra meets on the first 5 Sunday afternoons at the beginning of each term, to avoid conflict with school activities. A public performance is presented on the last Sunday of each course, giving the players a feeling of real achievement as well as an opportunity to demonstrate their skills to their parents and other members of the audience. Players may volunteer a solo performance of a piece they have mastered to gain experience. EDYO welcomes players of grade 4 or above, aged between 8 and 16. No audition is required.'


+ Esher and Dittons Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)141
VIEWS (of Record)345

‘ECO offers children and young people aged 7-18 the chance to play a wide variety of music in a fun, friendly and safe environment. New members are always welcome and there are no scary auditions ... The Exeter Youth Orchestra (EYO) is a subset of the main Exeter Children’s Orchestra (ECO) . Formally known as the Chamber Orchestra it comprises the older and more experienced members of the orchestra in a more balanced form than the all-inclusive ECO ... Exeter Junior Orchestra (EJO) is part of the ECO group and is available to those children who are starting to learn a standard orchestral instrument. Children will need to be able to read music. Not only does it give new starters the opportunity to play as part of a group but teaches them how to follow a conductor, listen to others, counting skills - disciplines they may not put into practice in an individual music lesson. The aim of the group is to give the confidence to play and perform together and to then move up to ECO in the future. EJO are invited to join the full orchestra for one or two pieces in each concert.’


+ Exeter Children’s Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)139
Also indexedExeter Youth Orchestra | Exeter Junior Orchestra
VIEWS (of Record)169
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed 2016: ‘A group of elite London-based young musicians ... The orchestra is made up of musicians from conservatoires and universities across the country. At its inception, the players were drawn from London’s junior conservatoire departments, and the orchestra continues to grow from that beginning. Fantasia Orchestra presents regular concerts in London, performing an eclectic range of music ... some of the highest level of music-making by young people in the country. Our exciting seasons of concerts and projects allows us to perform a huge range of repertoire, and champion new music as well as the Western canon. Alongside our programme of concerts, we do outreach work with primary schools to foster a passion for music-making from an early age.’

+ Fantasia Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)57
VIEWS (of Record)112

The Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra is unique in Scotland. It was founded in 1976 by the energetic, award-winning jazz musician and composer Richard Michael OBE. Over the years he has introduced hundreds of youngsters between the ages 8-24 to the particular musical freedom that jazz with its emphasis on improvisation offers ... Following his philosophy that “Mistakes are cool!” and that FYJO rehearsals are where it’s OK to get it wrong, Richard has given his young musicians the opportunity to grow as individuals as well as becoming confident instrumentalists. One mark of the success of his inspirational teaching is that band members are regularly accepted onto the jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire for Scotland in Glasgow.‘


+ Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)121
VIEWS (of Record)218

'We play a range of music from the classical repertoire, some in arrangements for youth orchestra, some as originally written. GYO has given first performances of several works written specially for the orchestra and our conductor. At the end of each term, after about ten rehearsals, David Wright conducts the orchestra in a public concert.'


+ Godalming Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)237
VIEWS (of Record)385

Founded 2006: ‘The orchestra brings together talented musicians from the Grampian region of Scotland (including Aberdeenshire and Moray), offering instrumentalists of school and university age the opportunities to work with leading conductors and to perform with international and local musicians ... Every year the orchestra gets together for a rehearsal day before embarking on a weekend course later that year, which ends with a concert ... Players of all orchestral instruments are invited to apply to audition for membership of GYO. Players from anywhere in the North East of Scotland (born or studying in) between the ages of 12 and 22 ... are eligible. Players should be at ABRSM Grade 7/8 level but players working towards this level are encouraged to apply’.

+ Grampian Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)83
VIEWS (of Record)179

‘The acknowledged pioneer of cross-cultural music-making in Britain, bringing together world-class musicians and singers drawn from across the whole jazz and world music spectrum to tour nationally and internationally. Founded in 1982 long before the term world-jazz was even invented and led by visionary composer and pianist Tony Haynes, the music of Grand Union draws on many diverse musical cultures and is based around the experience of the performers themselves – many of whom have been or are descended from migrants or refugees ... As well as the full 18-20 strong Orchestra, Grand Union tours with smaller bands whose repertoire is based on traditional music from the musicians’ own countries of origin ... In 2006 it established its own youth orchestra (GUYO) which is open to young musicians playing any instrument from any culture  ... Grand Union’s priority is live performance, and since 1982 we have toured regularly - and continue to tour - throughout the whole of the UK and to many parts of Europe and the rest of the world.‘


+ Grand Union Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)127
Also indexedGrand Union Youth Orchestra [GUYO]
VIEWS (of Record)118

‘Encourages young players into the Brass Band movement from Swindon and the surrounding area ... The band are always looking for new players to join, whatever standard. The Rising Stars band includes members who have only been playing for a few months and the Youth Band includes players who are currently practicing for their diplomas ... If you are 18 or younger and would like to start learning to play a brass instrument, here is your chance! We can usually provide an instrument (stock of specific instruments will vary) and basic tuition and professional help on a Saturday morning will be given.’


+ Great Western Youth Band
VISITS (to Website)58
VIEWS (of Record)80
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Hallé Youth Orchestra membership is for outstanding young musicians aged 13 to 19 years and of Associated Board grade 8 standard or equivalent, who love orchestral music and the buzz of contributing to a large orchestra. Full members take part in rehearsals and concerts during term-time and in other training activities including residential courses and tours ... Membership is free, however all members will be requested to make a voluntary donation to the Hallé as a contribution towards the core costs of maintaining the orchestra. Members are also expected to contribute towards the cost of residential courses and tours where appropriate.'


+ Hallé Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)279
VIEWS (of Record)265

'The Main Band (or A Band) is made up of young people who have developed their playing skills through lessons with the band and elsewhere and have learned to play as part of a group with B Band. We currently have around 25 members of Main Band. Band members need to be really committed to the Band as they need to rehearse regularly as well as play at several engagements throughout the year ... B Band is a development band and allows learners to take their first steps playing with a group of other musicians ...' ALERT Needed to replace Website Link with Facebook Page.

+ Hebden Bridge Junior Band
VISITS (to Website)190
VIEWS (of Record)250

‘A place where young musicians of Grade 1 standard upwards can meet together and play a variety of music ... We always welcome new musicians ... Whatever instrument (we are happy to welcome saxophonoists too) you play we would love you to come along and find out what makes orchestral playing special. We have music which accommodates all abilities and if we don’t have a part easy enough for you, we will create one! ... Scratch! is a new ensemble for Primary aged children (most likely Key Stage 2) who have little or no experience of playing a musical instrument.‘


+ Honiton Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)85
Also indexedScratch!
VIEWS (of Record)135

‘It’s all in the name. Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra (KYJO to its friends) is a group of talented young musicians playing an exciting mix of jazz standards, jazz-rock and jazz-funk. They come from across the county to perform at major concert venues, jazz clubs and festivals as well as running jazz workshops in Kent and further afield.

+ Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)163
VIEWS (of Record)227

'Formed in August 2007 as a partnership between East Renfrewshire Instrumental Music Service and Barrhead Burgh Band. The aims and objectives of the band are to promote and encourage the education of children and young people between the ages of 8 and 19 in the performance and practice of music by providing the facilities, equipment and human resources which are necessary to achieve this. The band also wishes to promote, improve, develop and maintain the brass band genre in and to support the local communities of Barrhead and East Renfrewshire.'

+ Levern Valley Community Brass
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of Record)369

‘North Somerset's County Youth Brass Band, for new and improving brass musicians. The Band is open to new members with or without music experience. Opportunities exist to play the full range of Brass Band instruments, and percussion instruments. Formed in September 2008, and based in Clevedon, North Somerset, it provides the only opportunity in the county, and beyond, for young people aged 21 and under to: - improve; - perform; - and have fun making music in a full youth Brass Band. An entirely Independent Organisation the Band is a project of Lions Clubs 105 SW, which provides support from Lions clubs throughout the South West of England. Additionally it is a partner of the Music Education Partnership: North Somerset.’


+ Lions Brass 4 Youth
VISITS (to Website)120
VIEWS (of Record)202

‘The organisation was formed in 1989 as the Crewe & District Brass Band, by a group of parents whose children played brass band instruments. At the beginning of the year there were 29 players in the Youth Band and 18 in the training band. The membership quickly increased and the organisation began to receive financial support from the local Lions clubs of South Cheshire and North Staffordshire and which continues to this day. The band changed its name to Lions Youth Brass, and is believed to be one of only two organisations of its kind in the world to operate in the name of Lions Youth ... Honours include 2 national youth brass championships as well as many other titles.’


+ Lions Youth Brass
VISITS (to Website)93
VIEWS (of Record)172

‘We are a juvenile pipe band based at Lochaber High School in Fort William. The band is a self financing group originally formed in 1970 ... We perform at Highland games, gala days, street parades and charity events in and around the Lochaber area. From mid June until the end of August, we perform on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in and around Cameron Square, Fort William.’

+ Lochaber Schools Pipe Band
VISITS (to Website)134
VIEWS (of Record)177

'The premier independent youth orchestra in the South East ... Founded in 1976 by Sevenoaks violin teacher June Clements, accepting only the very best local young musicians. Small and select, Lydian remained a chamber orchestra until relatively recently. The inclusion of full brass and percussion sections for some courses has allowed the orchestra to expand and explore new repertoire ...'


+ Lydian Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)192
VIEWS (of Record)221
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'MYBB has three bands and a drum corps and welcomes total beginners and advanced musicians alike. With over 120 members, most playing instruments owned by the band, and with membership subs of just over £1 per week, MYBB is a dynamic organisation, run entirely by volunteers who are determined to further the brass band tradition in a way that attracts and inspires today’s youth.'


+ Macclesfield Youth Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)145
VIEWS (of Record)393

‘Widely acclaimed as one of the U.K’s top big bands. Its reputation has been founded on a consistently high quality of performance ... In addition, audiences find they are infected by the enjoyment which band members bring to performances, and the excitement which the band generates ... The band performs regularly and is available for festivals, concert halls, theatres, conferences, workshops and functions. It has an extensive library of music which ensures that MYJO is able to suit the demands of each of these occasions, and produce an outstanding performance which will delight your audience, together with special guests if required.’

+ Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)85
VIEWS (of Record)124

'Formed by Glenn M Munro in 1992 from the Moray Music Centre senior brass band which, as with other music centre groups, only rehearsed from August to March with performances at Christmas and Easter. Seeing the potential of the group, Glenn gained permission to continue the group into the summer term and MCB was born ...'

+ Moray Concert Brass
VISITS (to Website)162
VIEWS (of Record)341

'NCO is the only organisation that operates on a national scale in the UK catering for children in the 7-14 years old age group who show an early spark of musical talent and potential ... NCO offers unique and life-changing opportunities for young musicians in six National age-banded Orchestras.These meet throughout the year on residential courses during the school holidays: Main Orchestra; Under 13 Orchestra; Under 12 Orchestra; Under 11 Orchestra; Under 10 Orchestra; Training Orchestra (for young string players). As well as the National Orchestras, members can join one of six NCO Regional Orchestras in their local area. These meet monthly around the country and are a brilliant chance for members of all ages to meet with other NCO musicians from their local area and rehearse exciting new repertoire.'

+ National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain
VISITS (to Website)479
VIEWS (of Record)144

‘Launching in September 2018, the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) will be the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra. NOYO will provide an inclusive progression route, to support the development of the UK’s most talented young disabled people. It will also be open to non-disabled young people, providing an innovative and ambitious musical context for everyone. NOYO musicians will be empowered to radically redefine the idea of ‘The Orchestra’ – inspiring new musical instruments and creating new musical forms for the 21st century ... NOYO ... builds upon the success of the South-West Open Youth Orchestra (SWOYO), founded in 2015.’


+ National Open Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)168
Also indexedSouth-West Open Youth Orchestra
VIEWS (of Record)276

National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW) provides a platform for talented young people by offering exceptional performance and development opportunities for Wales’ young actors, dancers, instrumentalists and singers. We do this through the six national youth arts ensembles [including]: National Youth Orchestra of Wales ... National Youth Choir of Wales ... National Youth Brass Band of Wales ... National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales ... Bringing together the best of the best of Wales’ young musicians, the national youth music ensembles are on tour across Wales performing first-class repertoires under the leadership of world-renowned conductors.’


+ National Youth Arts Wales
VISITS (to Website)50
Also indexedNational Youth Orchestra of Wales | National Youth Choir of Wales | National Youth Brass Band of Wales | National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales
VIEWS (of Record)54

‘The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBB) and the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain (NCBB) are the UK’s leading brass bands for children and teenagers. The Band exists to give exceptionally gifted young brass instrumentalists the opportunity to perform advanced music and receive the highest quality teaching, care and help to provide the brass band movement and the music profession with the next generation of brass players. At all times the Band's first priority is the safety and well-being of the brass musicians of the future ... NYBB applicants should be age 14-19 and grade 8 standard; NCBB applicants should be 8 - 14 and grade 5 standard.’


+ National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
VISITS (to Website)112
Also indexedNational Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain
VIEWS (of Record)143

‘The National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland (NYBBS) offer young brass and percussion players aged from 9 to 22-years-old an opportunity to perform challenging, exciting and diverse brass repertoire while receiving guidance from an expert tutorial team ... The National Youth Reserve Brass Band of Scotland (for players aged 14 -22 inclusive) is designed to nurture young musicians who are well on their way to reaching the high standards required by the premier level of NYBBS, or those awaiting a vacancy to arise in NYBBS ... The National Children's Brass Band of Scotland provides a wonderful opportunity for young, less experienced musicians (aged 13 or under), to enjoy the pleasures of playing in a full band of like-minded enthusiasts.‘

+ National Youth Brass Band of Scotland
VISITS (to Website)85
VIEWS (of Record)94

‘A charity, whose mission is to promote jazz as an exciting, engaging and inspirational art form through world-class performances and education work. NYJO’s flagship band is the UK’s premier youth (under 26) jazz orchestra, performing around 40 concerts annually – nationally and internationally. Alongside these performances, NYJO delivers inspirational education work wherever it goes. NYJO also operates a weekly Academy, which offers London-based access to jazz ensembles for young musicians of varying levels and abilities.’


+ National Youth Jazz Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)74
VIEWS (of Record)170
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The vision of NYO is to be the most inspirational orchestra for young people in the UK. This vision begins and ends with an unshakeable belief in the limitless potential of Britain's teenage musicians. NYO exists in order to make this potential a reality ... NYO is a performance organisation.While many great orchestral musicians, conductors and composers have benefited from the unique orchestral training given by NYO, our number-one goal is to give thrilling orchestral performances ...’


+ National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
VISITS (to Website)210
VIEWS (of Record)161
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘NYRO is an organisation dedicated to young recorder players and exists to support, develop and nurture their playing and give them opportunities to perform. As well as supporting their musical ambitions, NYRO gives them the chance to meet other young people, have new experiences and broaden their horizons. NYRO is unique in that it is the only national youth recorder orchestra in the world.’


+ National Youth Recorder Orchestras of Great Britain
VISITS (to Website)43
VIEWS (of Record)81

‘NYWO meets twice a year for residential courses (Spring and Summer) lasting around 9 days each. The orchestra is conducted by renowned national and international conductors and tutored by professional musicians. A full range of concerts are given each year in venues throughout the country and abroad. Players are aged between 14 and 21 years old and are of Grade 8 and above standard.’


+ National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain
VISITS (to Website)166
VIEWS (of Record)137

‘Over the past 20 years, NYO has expanded from just one orchestra to three classical orchestras and two jazz orchestras. These groups involve over 300 young players aged 8 to 19, representing some 50 schools in Nottinghamshire and other parts of the East Midlands ... All three orchestras are coached by experienced local professional musicians who support all the sections of the orchestras in their musical development.‘


+ Nottingham Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)177
Also indexedNottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra
VIEWS (of Record)377

‘We have a full calendar of events where you can come and see us play, including competitions, local events and busking in the Station Square in Oban during the Summer ... OHS Pipe Band provides tuition, support and an amazing experience for youngsters in the area.’

+ Oban High School Pipe Band
VISITS (to Website)85
VIEWS (of Record)165

‘Orion Orchestra was founded to provide young musicians the opportunities and mentorship needed to bridge the gap between music college and their professional careers, while inspiring the next generation through our accessible concerts ... Through our Noisy Notes series, we take a full symphony orchestra where it wouldn’t normally go, and give children with the least opportunity the chance to try out musical instruments for the first time ... With Orion's players selected from the most talented music college students and recent graduates, we give young players experiences working at London's leading concert venues, giving them the chance to work under the highest professional standards.‘


+ Orion Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)125
Also indexedNoisy Notes
VIEWS (of Record)186
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Orpheus Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working to provide professional opportunities for some of the finest young musicians in London. By enabling young artists to showcase their achievements in a central London concert platform and by providing a mechanism for intercollegiate collaboration while working in our orchestra, the Orpheus Sinfonia, we deliver a broad range of opportunities to soloists, conductors, ensembles and orchestral players to further their professional development.‘


+ Orpheus Sinfonia
VISITS (to Website)92
Also indexedOrpheus Foundation
VIEWS (of Record)151
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A unique and a very special youth orchestra that gives members the opportunity to perform a solo i.e. a concerto movement, accompanied mainly by strings, harpsichord and a small wind section. School-aged instrumentalists come from a wide area around Oxford and Oxfordshire and are of diploma and Gr. 7/8 standard ... There are three main concerts a year, each with three or four rehearsals per concert. OCO performances are of a high standard and are recorded. If you would like to or know someone who would like to work and play with the Orchestra, we would be delighted to hear from you.’

+ Oxford Concerto Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)61
VIEWS (of Record)86

Formed 1982: ‘In the early years the Band was made up of just a few young players but since then has blossomed to become a large and successful organisation, now consisting of a learners group, a training band, the Poynton Junior Brass Band with over 30 members and the Poynton Youth Brass Band with over 40 members. The band is now so successful that from time to time we have had to operate a waiting list. The organisation prides itself in taking young people of any ability. The band is run solely by parents of current and past players’.



+ Poynton Youth Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)164
VIEWS (of Record)124

'The Group, whose membership is evenly split between boys and girls, does one big concert a year but there are summer workshops and summer trips. They also play Christmas carols at Reading station to fundraise and offer A level showcases where school students can hear pieces on their syllabuses being performed. In choosing music for their own performances, the aim is to give the youngsters a really good range and repertoire so they get to know the classic pieces.'


+ Reading Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)154
VIEWS (of Record)342

Founded 1974: ‘SEYSO is a cross-schools organisation set up to give aspiring young musicians all manner of orchestral training and the thrill of participating and performing in a full symphony orchestra ... A series of monthly workshops, three substantive annual courses and major public performances ... There is a friendly and relaxed social atmosphere over a wide age range. (Over 18s can remain members as long as they are in further education.)‘.


+ South Essex Youth Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)70
VIEWS (of Record)140

‘The Band is a mixed ability band currently with over 100 members, aged between eight and twenty three. Some have no Associated Board examination successes while others have passed Grade Eight ... There are two basic rules for entry to the Band. Firstly, the Band will never turn away a prospective member. This often leads to having a huge number of players in any section and a shortage in other areas. Secondly, no prospective member is required to audition to join and no minimum standard is required. New and inexperienced players are told to play any note in the bar that they can and to follow their neighbour. Some of the current Section Leaders and Soloists started in this way.’


+ South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band
VISITS (to Website)119
VIEWS (of Record)149
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Made up of the best young jazz musicians in the Southampton area. It is recognised as one of the most successful and creative organisations of its type in the country. The band has won national awards, played at many major venues and jazz festivals ... The achievements of the Band are linked with its philosophy to promote jazz as a living, vibrant art-form to young musicians. Unlike numerous other youth jazz ensembles, the main bulk of SYJO's music focuses on “cutting-edge”, creative, contemporary British jazz and contemporary jazz composition.’


+ Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)150
VIEWS (of Record)390

‘Has been established since 1979 as a charity organised by a committee consisting of members’ parents. The aim is to provide string players from Grade 1 to beyond Grade 8 (ABRSM) standard the opportunity to rehearse and perform varied styles of music under the direction of professional string tutors. We strive to provide an educational and enjoyable environment as well as encouraging the social aspect of being a young musician. The two orchestras meet on a Saturday, almost every three weeks ... There are three concerts a year offering the opportunity to perform repertoire in front of an appreciative and friendly audience.’ Based in Benton, North Tyneside.

+ St Paul’s Youth Ensemble
VISITS (to Website)62
VIEWS (of Record)195
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed in 1978: 'A fully inclusive band with opportunities for players of all standards and ambitions'.


+ Stockport Schools' Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)156
VIEWS (of Record)373

‘Since it was set up in 1956 Stockport Youth Orchestra has gained an enviable reputation - not only for quality concerts, but also for the range of opportunities and orchestral training it provides for young people. It is now acknowledged as one of the leading amateur orchestras in the region. There are two complete symphony orchestras to cater for players of differing standards ... Advanced players are also encouraged to perform solo items with the orchestras in our series of concerts.’

+ Stockport Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)92
VIEWS (of Record)147

'Founded in 1944, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra (SYO) is probably the longest-established youth orchestra in Surrey and London. We aim to provide an orchestral environment which is challenging, fun, friendly and supportive, in which young musicians of all backgrounds can develop their skills and nurture a lifelong love of music. Our name comes from our original home in the leafy suburb of Stoneleigh, near Epsom in Surrey. We moved to our current home in Wimbledon in 2003. We now have over 150 members, from the ages of 9 to 18, drawn from about 60 schools all over Surrey and London. We rehearse on Sunday afternoons during term time, perform three concerts a year in some of the best concert halls in and around London, and work with leading professional musicians.'

+ Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)136
VIEWS (of Record)285
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A well established, self-financing orchestra for talented and committed young musicians from 12-18 years old, who are of approximately Grade 6 standard and above. It is based in Abingdon and integrates pupils from many local schools ... The orchestra offers opportunities for players to work together in an enjoyable atmosphere, studying and performing challenging and exciting orchestral repertoire at the highest possible standard. The orchestra performs two concerts a year (December and April/May), playing a wide repertoire, including concertos and symphonies.‘


+ Thames Vale Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)72
VIEWS (of Record)153
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded in 2005: 'TYO now has a large permanent staff of highly-respected professional musicians and comprises more than eighty young musicians drawn from numerous local schools. Its ethos is defined by a challenging, adventurous approach to programming, which combines well-established large-scale orchestral favourites with twentieth century rarities and new commissions'.

+ Thames Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)177
VIEWS (of Record)218

‘Formed in January 1979 ... Based in the scenic location of Ullapool on Scotland’s West Coast, we are a community based competing Pipe Band under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Associaiton. We currently run two bands and have over 50 registered members.‘

+ Ullapool & District Junior Pipe Band
VISITS (to Website)184
VIEWS (of Record)279

‘Since the first course in August 1994, the orchestra has involved approximately 2000 young musicians from all sections of the community, and played to total audiences of over 15,000 in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, England, Scotland and Germany.'

+ Ulster Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)183
VIEWS (of Record)245

‘The WYO consists of several ensembles suitable for different instruments and levels of playing. Progression from one ensemble to the next is by regular auditions. Vacancies are filled as they arise. There may occasionally be a waiting list for a particular instrument but where possible new members are accommodated immediately.'

+ Warrington Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)163
VIEWS (of Record)265
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An energetic student-led youth orchestra, founded in 2014 by its conductor and artistic director, Daniel Hogan. The orchestra has grown from a small chamber orchestra to a wealth of 100 regular members, with the talented musicians coming from local youth orchestras, the junior and senior conservatoires, and venturing from universities all over the country to come and play. Ever since, its aim has been to perform works considered incredibly ambitious and brave – pieces which therefore its members may not have had the chance to perform before.’


+ Watford Youth Sinfonia
VISITS (to Website)169
VIEWS (of Record)156

‘Offers players in West Norfolk who are aged under 21 the opportunity to play music as part of a group and to give themselves a challenge. It also provides players with the opportunity to meet fellow musicians socially and build friendships through playing as part of a team. WNJYO was originally setup in 1977, using funds from the Queen's Silver Jubilee Appeal.’

+ West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)89
VIEWS (of Record)159

'An orchestra of about 50 young people from the South Lakeland area ... If you would like to come and watch a rehearsal we sometimes arrange open rehearsals or you could come along another evening by arrangement ... You will probably know quite a few of the players from school. All are aged between 12-18. You will recognise some of the adults who teach instruments in the schools ... We play new pieces that have been especially composed for the orchestra, music from classical composers, and also older music going back a few hundred years.'

+ Westmorland Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)172
VIEWS (of Record)1702

Formed 1958: ‘We currently have two orchestras, with an average combined membership of around 65, to meet the varying ages and abilities of our members: * The Junior Orchestra (Grades 1 - 5) has an approximate age range of 7 - 15 years; * The Senior Orchestra (Grade 5+) has an approximate age range of 12 - 21 years ... A team of local professional musicians help coach and mentor the orchestra on a weekly basis ... We usually perform around four concerts each year both within Weston-super-Mare and other local communities ... Our concert repertoire is taken from our library containing over 500 works and ranges from popular classical standards to film scores and selections from well-known musicals. Members with a high standard of performance are also encouraged to perform as soloists’.

+ Weston Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)30
VIEWS (of Record)50
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Originally set up in 1997 Worcester City Brass provides the many talented young brass players in Worcester and the surrounding area the opportunity to meet and make music. WCB earned an enviable reputation both locally and nationally when the Youth Band performed at the British Open Brass Band Championships Gala Concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Junior Band performed at the National Youth Brass Band Championships. For a number of years WCB was mothballed whilst the musicians and musical director took a change of musical direction. Worcester City Brass reformed again in the summer of 2015 ... We currently have 2 brass bands: Training Band and Youth Band.’


+ Worcester City Brass
VISITS (to Website)36
VIEWS (of Record)84

‘YYS is a unique youth orchestra in Yorkshire, delivering life changing residential courses for young musicians and unforgettable high profile concerts celebrating Yorkshire’s culture, focusing the nations media on the region’s cultural achievements. In September 2015, YYS gained national acclaim as the feature of the BBC Radio 4 programme “Birth of an Orchestra” with Alan Bennett ... YYS is working to bring together young musicians from all across Yorkshire. In order to do this we work closely with local Music Hubs and together we are continuing to develop an environment of musical excellence in Yorkshire. Music Hubs play a crucial role in providing music in schools and intrumental lessons to young people.‘


+ Yorkshire Young Sinfonia
VISITS (to Website)87
VIEWS (of Record)134

‘Britain’s leading orchestra for young musicians on the threshold of their professional careers. It provides invaluable experience to those who are studying or have recently completed their training, but are not yet established in the profession ... Unlike many similar organisations in Europe and the USA, this orchestra does not benefit from any government subsidy. We receive no public funding of any sort and are therefore entirely dependent on the generosity of individuals, charitable foundations and corporate sponsors.‘


+ Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)109
VIEWS (of Record)119
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘With its home in the heart of Halifax, at Square Chapel, the Young Philharmonia at Square Chapel is a new and exciting opportunity for the region’s finest young musicians to perform orchestral and chamber repertoire at the highest standard. The Young Philharmonia is a flagship orchestra, attracting players aged between 11 and 21 from across the north of England.' ALERT At Review, the ‘Young Philharmonia’ Website itself was inaccessible, so I replaced with a Link to their Facebook Page.

+ Young Philharmonia at Square Chapel
VISITS (to Website)149
VIEWS (of Record)346

‘We are a highly successful brass band for people aged up to 19 years. Based in Northamptonshire in the English East Midlands. We perform public concerts in internationally acclaimed concert halls from the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Sage Gateshead to the Royal Albert Hall in London. Additionally we participate in national and European youth brass band competitions where we have been extremely successful.’

+ Youth Brass 2000
VISITS (to Website)214
VIEWS (of Record)238

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