Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra

Photo of the orchestra performing in Truro Cathedral

2019 - Spring Concert at Truro Cathedral

Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra (CYWO)

Director - Sara Munns

CYWO was formed in September 1985 for the County Music Service’s Celebration of European Music Year. Alongside the other major county ensembles, it gives young instrumentalists throughout the county the opportunity of making music together.

CYWO has an excellent team of highly skilled, professional coaching staff which is supplemented by visiting international players and composers. There is a fantastic sense of team work and enthusiasm amongst the players and this produces outstanding performances. 

Concert programmes have included a wide range of symphonic band music drawn from classical, romantic and twentieth century repertoire, and several new commissioned works.

Over the years, the orchestra has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in London as part of the An Gof celebrations.  It has been involved in a compositional project with members of the London Sinfonietta and toured Strasbourg.    

CYWO has played at Symphony Hall, Birmingham at the National Festival of Music for Youth and has recently worked with Kate Moore, the principal trumpet of the BBC Concert Orchestra. In 2016, the orchestra’s celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a British Premiere of Once Upon a Time by Jan Van der Roost. This was a joint performance with the Cornwall Girls’ Choir and the Hall for Cornwall Youth Dance and Youth Theatre Companies. CYWO also toured the Isles of Scilly in July 2016. 

Joining CYWO

  • We are now accepting audition applications for 2020-21!
  • 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?

To submit an application, please complete our online audition application form.  

Once this has been received, you will be asking to send in a recording of your audition piece and email in a copy of the Music

You will then be asked to have an online audition with the Director, during which there will be a sight reading exercise and the opportunity to ask questions

Audition flyer for CYWO

Membership Forms

If you have any questions or queries about joining CYWO please don't hesitate to contact us.






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