With the final weeks of the school year fast approaching, Cambridgeshire County Youth Orchestra and Cambridgeshire County Youth Wind Orchestra are looking forward to several end-of-year concerts. If you are a young classical musician in Cambridgeshire and fancy being part of either (or both!) there are still some places available.

Cambridgeshire County Youth Orchestra is for musicians who have reached Grade 6 level and above and will be giving an evening concert, which is open to the public, at one of the region’s biggest classical music venues – West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge – on 21 July. The repertoire includes famous works such as 'Night On A Bare Mountain' by Mussorgsky, the 'Suite from Sleeping Beauty' (Tchaikovsky) and 'Polotsvian Dances' (Borodin). To take part, you will need to be available from 19 to 21 July, culminating in the concert itself. There are currently vacancies in all string sections, especially violas and double basses.

Wind, brass and percussion players from Grade 5 upwards who want to get a taste of a large orchestral experience can also join Cambridgeshire Youth Wind Orchestra. CYWO and its percussion, wind and brass ensembles will be playing at an annual family day at Grafham Water Centre, complete with barbecue, on 7 July. The repertoire pays tribute to the music of Leonard Bernstein, and also features movie favourites, including themes from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Mary Poppins', as well as a music from 'Star Wars' celebrating the life of Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in several of the films. The orchestra would be pleased to hear from you whatever instrument you play, but are especially in need of flutes and French horns.

You can find information about all of the Cambridgeshire county orchestras and ensembles, and sign up to join here.