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, 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.


Participation Fee

The participation fee is split into two separate parts:

Membership Fee: £75 per Academic Year
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.

Reductions and Remissions

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. 

Sibling WEYO Members are eligible for a 5% reduction on all fees.

Once you have confirmed your place in WEYO and completed the registration form, a member of the Creative Learning team will get in touch if we are able to offer a reduction or remission on your fees. 

How do I join?

Auditions for WEYO will be taking place on the following dates:

  • Friday 1st July at St Martins Primary School, Salisbury
  • Monday 11th July at Wiltshire Music Centre

WEYO welcomes 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
Oboe/Cor Anglais
Clarinet (Alto/Bass)

Brass - Grade 7 or equivalent and above
French Horn
Trombone (Tenor/Bass)

Percussion - Grade 7 or equivalent and above
Orchestral Percussion

Strings - Grade 6 or equivalent and above
Double Bass

Experience in performing in symphony orchestras or other large ensembles is desired but not essential. 

To apply for audition, please complete the form below.  If you have any questions, please contact creativelearning@wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Upcoming Course Dates

Mon 22 – Sun 28 August: Elgar’s Enigma Variations

Three masterpieces from late romantic giants
HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis
TCHAIKOVSKY 1st Piano Concerto
ELGAR Enigma Variations

Sat 27 August 22 @ 7.30pm / Sun 28 August 22 @ 3pm Tickets

Returning WEYO Members / Auditioned New WEYO Members

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. 

Support WMC's Youth Orchestras

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. 

Could you buy a seat on the WEYO bus?

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. 

Virtual WEYO - Lockdown 2020 Projects

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. 

Pokémon Medley (Masuda arr. Soto)

West of England Youth Orchestra - Pokémon Medley (Masuda arr. Soto)

'Dragonborn' from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Soule arr. Soto)

West of England Youth Orchestra - 'Dragonborn' from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Soule arr. Soto)

Dancing Folk (Jeff Moore)

Dancing Folk Video