County Training Strings (CTS)

The CTS is one of the three string orchestras of the Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Tuesday evenings in the Richard Coles Hall at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 6pm to 8pm.​

The County Training Strings in rehearsal for the Second Generation Concert, Derngate, July 2015 

About the County Training Strings

Sonia KellyThe conductors for the 2018 to 2019 season are Katharine Parsons (pictured left) and Sarah Turnock.

The orchestra provides a training opportunity for intermediate string players who might one day be in the County Youth Orchestra, but has also become a strong performing group in its own right. It concentrates on developing sound string technique and developing section playing.


Katharine ParsonsDuring the course of the year, the CTS appears in several county music concerts, including "Highly Strung" and the Second Generation Concert at the Derngate. The annual programme also includes a residential course at the Frontier Centre, Irthlingborough.



Recent letters to members

How to join us

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