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Inspiring ensemble activities

We believe playing in a group with others is at the heart of developing young musicians, unfortunately the global health crisis is preventing us from being able to get together in the usual way. During this time, we are offering an online ensemble solution which was successfully trialled through the summer term.

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.

Participants are invited to record their parts remotely which will be edited together and published on YouTube. Our blended offer will also include support videos with helpful playing advice and some online Zoom sessions in real time by instrumental tutors.

For the moment, we are offering two levels of ensemble activity:

Music Centre Level
Open to orchestral instrumentalists with keyboard and guitar parts also available. Participants should to be able to read music of Grade 2 standard and above. Pieces will be available for whole orchestra and string, woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble.

County Level
Combining our County Youth Orchestra, County Wind Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles, we are providing an online opportunity to contribute to our popular annual Christmas Concert which will include orchestral repertoire and chamber pieces with an emphasis on high quality music making. Participants should be Grade 5 and above.

Final Performance

Thank you to all those who took part in our virtual area and county ensembles and orchestra projects this term. We’ve really enjoyed working with your submissions. Please join us on YouTube for the final performances.

We are currently working on our plans for next term and will be in touch in January with plans for the return to face to face ensembles taking into account appropriate social distancing measures.


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

Watch our most recent Online performances here:

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