County Youth Orchestra (CYO)

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

About the CYO

ConductorThe 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 to 12:45pm. The conductors for the 2018 to 2019 season are Richard Roper and Chris Hiscock. 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.

Chris HiscockThe orchestra performs a regular series of concerts in Northampton, including 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 Royal Albert Hall.

Every two years the orchestra tours to Europe and in recent years they have visited Spain, Italy, Poland and Germany. In the summer of 2018 they travelled to the Czech Republic and Slovakia 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. Please see our auditions information page for more details.

Watch the CYO in performance

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