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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. We are excited to announce our repertoire plans for this term:
Strings- Skyfall, Woodwind – Old Town Road, Brass – The Avengers, Percussion – Dinner Time!, Orchestra – 5th Symphony, Beethoven and It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.

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. The County Level ensembles will be working towards an online version of our celebrated annual Christmas Concert. Repertoire will include Sleigh Ride, Christmas Memories, Farandole, Oh Holy Night, Let It Snow.

Participants will gain access to exclusive tutor support videos and will be invited to online remote rehearsals so that you feel connected with your fellow musicians once again.

Music Centre Ensemble Zoom Details

Strings - Ros Hart - Fri 9th Oct @ 5:30-6:00pm

Strings - Ros Hart - Fri 16th Oct @ 5:30-6:00pm

Strings - Ros Hart - Sat 24th Oct @ 10:30-11:00am

Woodwind - Emily Myles - Fri 9th Oct @ 5:20-5:50pm

Woodwind - Emily Myles - Fri 16th Oct @ 5:20-5:50pm

Woodwind - Emily Myles - Sat 24th Oct @ 10:00-10:30am

Brass - David Southern - Fri 9th Oct @ 5:30-6:00pm

Brass - David Southern - Fri 16th Oct @ 5:30-6:00pm

Brass - David Southern - Sat 24th Oct @ 10:00-10:30am

Percussion - Mark Aldous - Fri 9th Oct @ 5:00-5:30pm

Percussion - Mark Aldous - Fri 16th Oct @ 5:00-5:30pm

Percussion - Mark Aldous - Sat 24th Oct @ 10:00-10:30am

Orchestra - Ros Hart - Fri 16th Oct @ 6:00-6:30pm

Orchestra - Helen Allen - Sat 17th Oct @ 10:30-11:00am

Orchestra - Ros Hart - Fri 23rd Oct @ 6:00-6:30pm

Orchestra - Helen Allen - Sat 24th Oct @ 11:00am-11:30pm


As this is a reduced provision, access to the ensembles is £40 per person. Players are welcome to contribute to as many ensembles as is appropriate to their level.

Music will be distributed once you’ve signed up along with details of the online rehearsal sessions.

If costs are a barrier – whether the cost of getting to rehearsals or paying the fee – we can help with funding. Our bursary scheme is confidential and supports individuals whose situation would otherwise prevent them from taking part.

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

Don't just take our word for it...sign up for the Online Ensembles via your Cambridgeshire Music Account.

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