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.

Proposed dates for WEYO 2020/21 Courses

Course 1 
Rehearsals: 28/12/20 - 31/12/20 
Performance: 02/01/21

Course 2 
Rehearsals: 24/05/21 - 29/05/21 
Performance: 29/05/21

Course 3
Rehearsals: ??? - ???
Performance: ???

All WEYO courses will be replaced by virtual projects if WMC is unable to host events due to venue restrictions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Participation Fee

The participation fee is split into two separate parts:

Membership Fee: £75 
Fixed cost to be paid by all WYJO 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 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.

How do I join?

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
Flute/Piccolo
Oboe/Cor Anglais
Clarinet (Alto/Bass)
Bassoon/Contra

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

Percussion - Grade 7 or equivalent and above
Timpani
Orchestral Percussion

Strings - Grade 6 or equivalent and above
Violin
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
Harp

Experience in performing in symphony orchestras is desired but not essential. 

For more information about the ensemble and to register an application, please contact creativelearning@wiltshiremusic.org.uk for more information.

Returning WEYO Members / Auditioned New WEYO Members

Click the link below to register for the orchestra for 2020/21.

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. 

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)