Cornwall Youth Orchestra

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, some of whom 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 coaches, but in every season over the last 8 years CYO has also enjoyed the support of top professional musicians including from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, New York’s ground-breaking chamber ensemble Decoda and from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Castalian String Quartet. 

CYO players have had some wonderful experiences outside the county in recent years, including working side by side with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, three invitations to perform at the Music For Youth National Festival at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and the excitement of performing at a capacity Royal Albert Hall in London as guests of the Federation of Cornish Male Voice Choirs in November 2013. But without doubt the biggest highlight took place in the 2015 season, when CYO performed Prince Zal and the Simorgh (David Bruce and Sally Pomme Clayton) at the Schools Proms in November 2015.  CYO has once again been invited to the Schools Proms in November 2017 when their performance will include Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain.

CYO is directed by Tim Boulton who shares the fruits of his extensive professional experience with the players.  In recent years, the orchestra has also benefited from what was possibly a unique situation amongst British youth orchestras with the principal conductor, Angus Webster, being the same age as many of the players.  Angus has now moved on to study at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, but CYO are now committed to supporting young conductors and have initiated a programme of conductor training this season.

Here’s what Music For Youth mentor Douglas Mitchell had to say about the performance of extracts from Bizet’s Carmen given by CYO and singers from Cornwall at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in July 2016:

“What a great start to our afternoon!  A pretty much complete Carmen all in twenty minutes!  But it was much more than that; what you gave us had all the passion and heart of the best opera house performances, as well as the colour and emotion contained within the score.  From the opening bars of the Prelude it was clear that everybody was inside the character of this music, and this was borne out as we gradually met more of the character in the story.  All of the vocal performers, from soloists to the youngest street urchin had bags of personality as did all of the orchestral solos.  A truly large scale, ambitious performance which really came off.  Bravo.”

Joining CYO

Auditions for 2017/18 will take place Saturday 23rd September 2017 at Truro High School for Girls.  

Late auditions will be considered.

Auditions Poster

CYO and CYWO Audition form (Word)

CYO and CYWO Audition form (PDF)

CYO and CYWO Membership Form (Word)

CYO and CYWO Membership form (PDF)

CYO/CYWO Commitment Form (Word)

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