County Youth Concert Band (CYCB)

The County Youth Concert Band in performance, Beseda Hall, Plzen, Czech Republic, July 2015

About the CYCB

Conductor: Peter SmalleyThe CYCB is the senior wind orchestra of the Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Friday evenings in the Edmund Rubbra Hall at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 6:15pm to 9pm. The conductor for the 2016 to 2017 season is Peter Smalley (pictured).

The CYCB have a reputation for programming quality modern repertoire for symphonic winds and has worked with many of the leading composers for the medium including Philip Sparke, Martin Ellerby, Guy Woolfenden Adam Gorb and Nigel Clarke.

They also have links with composers; Peter Graham, Mark Camphouse, Rolf Rudin and Johann de Meij, and have featured their music in concerts across Europe.

The band have an enviable reputation in the contest field with more performance awards from the National Festival of Music for Youth and National Concert Band Festival than any other group in the country. They have a host of Gold and now Platinum Awards from the NCBF and are the holders of five special awards for Consistent Outstanding Achievement. In 2015 they were awarded a Performance Practice Award at the National Festival for "the best wind orchestra playing [heard] in 30 years".

The Band first developed its national reputation under the leadership of John Greaves and continued this under Alan Suttie and Adele Sellers. Since 2000 they have been under the direction of Peter Smalley, maintaining their reputation as one of the most successful youth music ensembles in the country.

Touring has always been a regular feature of band life and they now travel to the continent on tour with the CYCB every other year. Recent tours have taken them to Hungary, Poland, Italy, Austria, Germany and Spain. In the summer of 2015 they travelled to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and in 2017 they will travel to Italy for performances in Perugia and at the Ravenna Festival.

Listen to the CYCB in performance

CYCB Concert Tours

Recent Letters to Members

How to join us

Auditions are held annually in July. See the auditions page for further information.

Watch the CYCB in performance

The CYCB giving the British Premiere performance of Martin Ellerby's A Man for All Seasons, at the 2016 Music for Youth National Festival.


The CYCB perform Elliot del Borgo's Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night at Spinney Theatre in July 2015.


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