West of England Youth Orchestra (WEYO) is a full-size symphony orchestra that provides young musicians from Wiltshire and the surrounding area with opportunities to perform with like-minded young musicians and leading professionals.
Directed by Tim Redmond, Professor of Conducting at Guildhall School, London and Musical Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, the ensemble meets for three residential courses per year at WMC. WEYO regularly performs alongside leading soloists including Alexandra Dariescu, Peter Moore and Matthew Trussler.
The participation fee is split into two separate parts:
Membership Fee: £75
Fixed cost to be paid by all WEYO members to cover the general cost of running the ensemble. This fee guarantees participation in any virtual projects delivered due to course cancellations throughout the year. The Membership Fee is non-refundable.
Course Fee: £100 per physical course
Fully refundable if WMC cancels any activity in the building.
WMC is committed to providing opportunities for all to experience the incredible musical and social benefits that can be gained by performing in an orchestra such as WEYO. To ensure that these experiences remain accessible, WMC can offer partial remissions (up to 70%) for Course Fees with the help of funding from Wiltshire Music Connect.
In addition to this, WEYO Members with a sibling paying a full-priced participation fee for WEYO in this academic year are eligible for a 10% discount.
WEYO is welcoming applications from young musicians on the following instruments at the designated standard who are interested in developing their musicianship:
Wind - Grade 7 or equivalent and above
Brass - Grade 7 or equivalent and above
Percussion - Grade 7 or equivalent and above
Strings - Grade 6 or equivalent and above
Experience in performing in symphony orchestras is desired but not essential.
Next auditions will be held on Monday 8th November at the Wiltshire Music Centre and Friday 12th November at St Martins Primary School, Salisbury.
To apply for audition, please use the form below. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Click the link below to register for the orchestra for 2021/22.
Use this link if you are a new member who is yet to audition, joining for the New Year Course.
Through the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the West of England Youth Orcherstra, WMC has continued to support the development of nearly 100 talented young performers every year through providing unique opportunities to perform with like-minded people and connect with a world of professional performers through performances and virtual projects.
Help WMC continue to provide these experiences by donating towards the Youth Orchestras using the link below.
Help us to provide access to high quality musical development opportunities for talented young orchestral players across our rural county and donate now to our West of England Youth Orchestra Travel Fund. We need to raise an extra £3,000 to provide essential bus services for WEYO players to get to and from orchestral courses at Wiltshire Music Centre in August and December 2021.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, WEYO went digital for two fantastic projects delivered online. Our young musicians recorded themselves from home and contributed towards virtual performances shared online.
Listen to the recordings and learn more about the projects below.
Wiltshire Music Connect, the music education hub for Wiltshire with funding from Arts Council England and Dept. for Education