The West of England Youth Orchestra is now well established as a flagship project for Wiltshire Music Centre and we continue to support its development and creativity.  Tim Redmond remains as our professional conductor and, alongside an excellent team of professional sectional tutors, we offer 3 intensive courses each year.  In 2018 we arranged a tour to the South of France, as part of the Centre’s 20th Anniversary celebrations. Membership of the Orchestra has continued to expand so that as well as members from Wiltshire, Swindon and Bath we have worked with South West Music School, which last summer enabled our Orchestra to welcome players from the farther reaches of Cornwall. 

The Orchestra achieves a very high standard in the concerts given at the end of each course and is now seeking new applications for auditions from young musicians at Grade 6 (strings) and Grade 7 (other instruments) or equivalent.

Being a member of WEYO will also provide the opportunity to take part in masterclasses and workshops as part of Wiltshire Music Centre’s annual programme and free tickets to live professional concerts at the Centre.

Thank you to everyone for the opportunity to experience playing with such an amazing orchestra led by an incredible conductor!
West of England Youth Orchestra member, January 2019

Join West of England Youth Orchestra

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer course. Applications are welcomed throughout the year and will be kept on file until a suitable opening occurs. If you would like to join the West of England Youth Orchestra please complete the application form or download the PDF form. 

If you would like further information about the orchestra please contact the Creative Learning Team on 01225 860110.

West of England Youth Orchestra: Side by Side taster day

WEYO is excited to be working in partnership with Matthew Thorpe (Wiltshire Young Musicians) and Richard Parsons (Salisbury Area Young Musicians) to offer a Side by Side instrumental taster day to young players on Wednesday 28 August. The taster day will give players the chance to:

  • Meet some of the musicians and tutors from WEYO
  • Build confidence ahead of applying for an audition
  • Find out more about how the WEYO courses and concerts work
  • Meet Tim Redmond, the conductor
  • Observe part of a WEYO orchestral rehearsal and take part in a short side-by-side rehearsal as well as learning about advanced orchestral technique.

The day will cost £10 per participant and will be open to all orchestral instruments. Coaches will be available from different pick up points across the county for a small additional charge.  All music will be provided and can be sent out in advance as required. Participants should be Grade 5+.

Interested musicians will need to fill out the following registration form and return it to youthorchestras@wiltshiremusic.org.uk or post to: Youth Orchestras, Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon​, BA15 1DZ.

Side by Side Registration Form

WEYO & WYJO Tour 2018

This Summer we were delighted to be able to take local young musicians from West of England Youth Orchestra and Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra on Tour to the South of France. Read all about the trip in our tour diary.

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