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West of England Youth Orchestra

Next Course Dates

Tuesday 9 - Friday 12 April 2024

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Programme details

3 courses per academic year – at the end of the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays

Fixed annual membership fee of £75+ course fee of £100 (financial support is available)

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Wiltshire Music Centre
Wiltshire Music Centre Ashley Road Bradford-on-Avon UK

01225 860 100

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Experience, explore, and discover repertoire - and make new friends!

The 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 other aspiring young musicians and leading professionals. Make new friends, pursue your creative potential and have the chance to play and perform exciting repertoire. Take part in a musical adventure with other young musicians and leading professionals.

Principally conducted by Tim Redmond (professor of conducting at Guildhall School, London), as well as special guest conductors, and with a team of exceptional instrumental tutors, WEYO meets three times per year during the holidays for orchestra courses at the Wiltshire Music Centre.

Who can join WEYO?

We’re looking for young musicians aged 12-21 interested in getting involved in their next musical adventure! Experience in performing in symphony orchestras or other large ensembles is desired but not essential.

Please see criteria below.

Grade 7 or equivalent and above


Grade 7 or equivalent and above

French Horn
Trombone (Tenor/Bass)

Grade 7 or equivalent and above

Orchestral Percussion

Grade 6 or equivalent and above

Double Bass


Yes, there is an audition process. You’ll be asked to play two contrasting pieces of your own choice, orchestral excerpts (given to you in advance) and some sight reading. We love to be able to meet and audition you in person however if that’s not possible, there is the option to audition by video.

Yes – we hold free Taster Days at least once per year. Details of the next Taster Day will appear on this page.

Spring term auditions

We will be holding auditions on Wednesday 13 March at the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon from 4.30pm, and on Friday 22 March at St. Martin’s, Salisbury from 6pm.

You can also send us a video audition – video auditions need to be submitted by Monday 11 March


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Click the button below to sign up for a free WEYO audition

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Fixed cost 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.

Fully refundable if WMC cancels any activity in the building.

We want to make sure finances are never a barrier to anyone wanting to get involved. With support from Wiltshire Music Connect and individual donors, we have a small fund that can offer up to 70% financial assistance with course fees for those needing support.
Please email or call 01225 860100 for more information.

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


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