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Inspiring ensemble activities

We believe playing in a group with others is at the heart of developing young musicians. Our objective is to provide aspiring musicians of all abilities and backgrounds, exceptional and inspirational ensemble activities which foster musical and technical development, open new musical landscapes and create quality performance opportunities of all kinds.

Cambridgeshire County Youth Orchestra Weekend – 17th-18th July
(Suitable for Grade 5 and above)

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 14th June of the extension of Stage 3, it is not possible for us to proceed with the Orchestra course as we had hoped. In anticipation of this, we have planned a weekend of Chamber Ensemble rehearsals which will enable students to enjoy playing together once again. There are limited places for String, Brass and Woodwind Ensembles. Please apply for the free course below. Places will be allocated and confirmed prior to the weekend. The course will take place near Cambridge and the venue will be confirmed to successful applicants.

If you’re not able to join us in July, you are warmly invited to take part in our Online Orchestra creative initiative.

Online Orchestra Original 2021
(Suitable for everyone)

The Online Orchestra is back! This summer we are attempting something truly unique as our final remote project before the orchestras get back together for real later in the term (hopefully).

We would like your musical input to create an inspiring and original piece of music which looks forward to the prospect of getting back together again both musically and socially.

This project is open to absolutely everyone regardless of instrument, level or experience. Everyone has something to say and we’d love to hear your musical voice in this new work. Don’t worry if you haven’t composed before, we will be on hand throughout to provide guidance and inspiration. A structure and basic chord sequence has been devised by Mark Aldous which will help to channel and structure your ideas. So grab your instrument (or anything else) and let’s get creative!

Please sign up at the link below and we will send you access to our Dropbox which contains instrumental parts, MP3 backing, filming guidance, and further support materials including videos. Participation in this project is without charge.

The deadline for submission is 4th July.

To sign up, click the green button below. If you don't have an account with us, simply register and your account will be activated.

For any queries, please contact:

Sign Up Here!

Watch our most recent Online performances here:


What people have said about the various bands and orchestras:

“Massive congratulations for last week’s superb concert”
David Westbrook, parent

“I took my son to the County Youth Orchestra performance today at The Corn Exchange. We were both extremely impressed. Wow, it was amazing! What’s more he asked if he could join”
Natalie Easton, parent

"I never thought orchestra to be the place where I would find my best friend. But I guess I've been proven wrong"
Anna, 'cello, Chesterton Community College

"Orchestra is my favourite music session of the week – great music, great friends, great times"
Aren, alto sax, Ely College


I love playing in the Cambridgeshire County Youth Orchestra. It’s where I have made friends and it makes me so happy when we all play it well