County orchestras and ensembles

Let your musicianship take off!

The County Ensembles represent the pinnacle of our ensemble structure, and are for advanced instrumental musicians (First orchestras Grade 7 and above, Second orchestras Grade 5 and above ). They are run in partnership with our professional musicians and conductors including players from Britten Sinfonia, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Corps of Army Music.

There are 2 or 3 day courses for each of the ensembles once a term, leading to concert presentations with challenging repertoire. Public performances for all ensembles take place at the end of most terms. The standards achieved are consistently high and young musicians (and their parents) take pride in their progression through Cambridgeshire Music Ensembles.

Musicians join one of our specialist advanced sectional ensembles and the relevant larger orchestras.

Sectional ensembles are on Wednesday evenings and tackle some of the upcoming repertoire for the orchestras and playing of chamber music, offering more development through regular specialist coaching time and increased performance opportunity. Rehearsals are 6:30pm to 8:30pm twice a term.

The sectional ensembles are:
Cambridgeshire Youth String Ensemble (CYSE)
Cambridgeshire Youth Woodwind Ensemble (CYWE)
Cambridgeshire Youth Brass Ensemble (CYBE)
Cambridgeshire Youth Percussion Ensemble (CYPE)
Cambridgeshire Youth Harp Ensemble (CYHE)

Our larger orchestras are:
Cambridgeshire County Youth Orchestra (CCYO)
Cambridgeshire Youth Wind Orchestra (CYWO)

In addition there are often specialist ensembles and projects which players may join to develop their skills further. In 2017 additional opportunities have included projects to help develop:
Cambridgeshire Early Music Ensemble (CEME)
Cambridgeshire World Music Ensemble (CWME)
Cambridgeshire County Big Band (CCBB)

Projects have also enabled young conductors and soloists to have specific training and performance opportunities.

Cost

Membership of county ensembles is on an annual basis only and costs £250. Members are encouraged to participate in as many ensembles as they wish and need to be aware that for some courses auditions may be needed.

Join here

Just print off and fill in this form ensembles-and-music-schools-brochure-2016-17.pdf (1.41 MB)
and then post it to us at:
Cambridgeshire Music, 36 Mayfield Road, Huntingdon PE29 1NL

Summer Term 2017 Dates and Venues

Cambridgeshire Youth Orchestra

14 July Rehearsal at St Bede's Inter-Church School (CB1 3TD)
15 July Rehearsal at Hills Road Sixth Form College (CB2 8PE)
16 July Rehearsal at West Road Concert Hall (CB3 9DP)
16 July, 7:30pm Performance at West Road Concert Hall (CB3 9DP)

Cambridgeshire Youth Wind Orchestra

1 -2 July Rehearsal at St Faiths School (CB2 8AG)
16 July, 7:30pm Performance at West Road Concert Hall (CB3 9DP)

Cambridgeshire Youth Percussion Ensemble

24 May, 21 June Rehearsal at Cambridgeshire Music, Huntingdon (PE29 1NL)
16 July, 7:30pm at West Road Concert Hall (CB3 9DP)

Cambridgeshire Youth Brass Ensemble

17 May, 28 June Rehearsals at Cambridgeshire Music, Huntingdon (PE29 1NL)
7 July, 7pm Performance at Trumpington Parish Church (CB2 9LH)

Cambridgeshire Youth Harp Orchestra

3 May, 21 June Rehearsal at Cambridgeshire Music, Huntingdon (PE29 1NL)
7 July, 7pm Performance at Trumpington Parish Church TBC (CB2 9LH)

Cambridgeshire Youth Strings Ensemble

26 April, 7 June Rehearsal at Cambridgeshire Music, Huntingdon
7 July, 7pm Performance at Trumpington Parish Church (CB2 9LH)

Cambridgeshire Youth Woodwind Ensemble

10 May, 14 June Rehearsal at Cambridgeshire Music, Huntingdon (PE29 1NL)
16th May, Performance at Cambridge Corn Exchange (CB2 3QE)
7 July, 7pm Performance at Trumpington Parish Church (CB2 9LH)