County Youth Orchestra (CYO)

 

The County Youth Orchestra in performance at Orchestra Spectacular, Derngate, March 2015 

About the CYO

The CYO is the senior orchestra of the Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Saturday mornings in the Edward Rubbra Hall at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 9am–12:45pm. The conductors for the 2016 – 2017 season are Andy Kirkwood and Tim Green (pictured).

 

The orchestra was originally formed as the Northampton Youth Orchestra in 1970, before the formation of the County Music Service, but since 1974 it has drawn its membership from the whole county.

The orchestra performs a regular series of concerts in Northampton, Director: Tim Greenincluding a gala concert in the Derngate every spring. They are regular participants in the National Festival of Music for Youth performing at the Royal Festival Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham. They have frequently been invited to the Schools' Prom at the Albert Hall, bringing the events to a close with the famous Pomp and Circumstance March No1 - Land of Hope and Glory.

Every two years the orchestra tours to Europe and in recent years they have visited Spain, Italy, Poland and Germany. In the summer of 2016 they returned to northern Spain with the County Youth Choir for four spectacular concerts.

Listen to the CYO in performance

CYO concert tours

Recent letters to members

How to join us

Auditions are held annually in July. Application forms are available in May


Watch the CYO in performance

The CYO Schools' Prom at Albert Hall, 10 November 2009 playing Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No.1.

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