York Youth Orchestra

York Arts Education is very excited to announce the formation of a York Youth Orchestra, starting in the Autumn Term of 2018. 

We are well aware of how busy young people are so, whilst this is a term-time activity, the orchestra will only rehearse for blocks of around 6 weeks leading up to each event.  This way hope to avoid busy times such as exam periods etc.

The orchestra will focus on:

  • high quality musical direction and sectional tutors
  • performing with top international soloists
  • collaborating with other orchestras and ensembles
  • commissioning new works and exploring contemporary repertoire
  • collaborating with other art forms such as dance and film
  • performing in unusual venues

The conductor and musical director will be Ben Crick and the inaugural concert in December 2018 will feature the international cellist, Raphael Wallfisch in the Elgar Cello Concerto. The concert will also include Lento by British composer, Howard Skempton and Dvorak’s rousing 8th Symphony.

All rehearsals are in Temple Hall, York St.John University 7.00pm – 9.15pm on the following Wednesdays:

Oct 24th, Nov 7th,14th, 21st, 28th, Dec 5th with the concert on Saturday December 8th at 7.00pm (rehearsals in afternoon –3.00pm – 5.00pm) at the Railway Institute sports hall – an historic converted Victorian carriage works.

Supported by the Radcliffe Trust

Ben Crick (above)

For subsequent projects there are already plans for an evening of film music and also a collaboration with the University of York gamelan.

All players are expected to be at a standard of Grade 6 or above and are required to audition (a solo unaccompanied study and some sightreading).

The requirements for percussionists are a little more flexible and pianists are welcome to apply (although should ideally be of a minimum Grade 6).

The age range is 11 – 21 although players younger than 11 may be given consideration on further consultation.

Fees - £70 per project (free to members of York Music Centre and students in higher education). Bursaries are also available. Please contact us for more information.

Please complete the following application if you wish to audition for the York Youth Orchestra.

Audition Application

Applicant Name:*
DOB (31/12/2001):*
Tell us something about you e.g. what music do you enjoy playing and listening to?’ What would you hope to gain from being part of a high quality orchestra?:
Auditions will take place at Millthorpe School on Saturdays at 1pm. Please state the dates you are available:
Parent/Carer Name:

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