Cornwall Youth Orchestra (CYO)
Director - Tim Boulton
For over 40 years CYO has been providing opportunities for young instrumentalists from across Cornwall and beyond to experience the challenges and rewards of playing in a full symphony orchestra. The orchestra has offered invaluable experience to a succession of CYO members who have gone on to play with the South West Youth Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and European Union Youth Orchestra, to study at Music Conservatoires and in some cases, to distinguished careers in music.
The CYO experience is all about developing musical teamwork and enjoying being part of the buzz of orchestral life. The music is at the core of the experience, whether big symphonies, film scores, music by contemporary composers or other great works from across the last two centuries. Players are supported on the courses by a team of coaches, but in recent years CYO members have also enjoyed the support of top professional musicians including from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, New York’s ground-breaking chamber ensemble Decoda, and most recently working with music teachers and students of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Highlights of the last few seasons have included performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the Music For Youth Schools Proms in 2015 and 2017, also several performances at the MFY National Festival at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and CYO’s Primary Proms concerts to Primary School children at the Hall For Cornwall in 2018. Each of the concerts that take place around Easter every year have been memorable for their interesting programming and the determination and musical conviction of the players. The young musicians’ report that CYO performances provide an environment where they feel able to excel themselves, where they feel uplifted by the common experience and where they achieve their personal best.
- Do you live or attend school/college in Cornwall?
- Are you aged 11-19?
- Are you a grade 5 musician or higher?
- Would you like to be a part of an Orchestra?
CYO is seeking enthusiastic young musicians aged from approximately 13 to 19 years old who play string, woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. As a guide, members are usually of a level of about grade 5 or higher when they join. Applicants must live or attend school/college in Cornwall.
Auditions will take place online on Saturday 3rd October. For the audition you need a reasonably good internet speed and a laptop, tablet or mobile phone with a camera and microphone.
For the audition you are asked to play a 3-5 minute piece of music of your own choice (or an extract form a longer piece) which demonstrates your strengths on your instrument. You will also be asked to play a 2 minute section of a new work The Morgowr written for CYO by Andrew Wilson. You can choose which section/s you’d like to prepare and play, leaving out long rests. Where there is more than one part for your instrument you can also choose which part you’d like to play.
Links to access the music and times for the audition will be sent after your online application is received.
To submit an application, please complete our online audition form.
If you have any questions or queries about joining CYO please don't hesitate to contact us.
April - Easter Concert in Truro Cathedral
April- Easter concert in Truro Cathedral
March - BBC Ten Pieces Primary Proms - performance to nearly 2000 Cornish school children at the Hall for Cornwall
November - performed 'Night on a bare mountain' at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the MFY Schools Proms
July - performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall as part of MFY National Festival
April - performed alongside the Cornwall County Youth Choir in Truro Cathedral
Films of Previous Performances