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CBSO Youth Orchestra

incorporating the Midland Youth Orchestra

Symphony Hall Feb 2006; Sakari Oramo conducting

Open to all Midlands young musicians aged 14-21 the CBSO Youth Orchestra gives its members an unmatched opportunity to be part of an internationally famous orchestral organisation, playing challenging music in prestigious venues with top professional conductors. Intended to complement the region's existing Youth and Schools orchestras, the CBSO aims to have a youth orchestra like no other - dynamic, challenging, and filled with young players who share the CBSO's own passion for music. .

CBSO Youth Orchestra in rehearsal with Andris Nelsons, Feb 2009  The CBSO Youth Orchestra is the successor to the Midland Youth Orchestra, founded in 1956 by CBSO General Manager Blyth Major and for nearly half a century one of the UK's leading independent youth orchestras. In 2004 it joined with one of the world's great professional orchestras to become the CBSO Youth Orchestra, giving young musicians from across the Midlands the chance to experience professionally-supported orchestral playing at the highest level.

The CBSO's learning and participation programme reaches over 35,000 people each year in diverse communities across the West Midlands, and ranges from projects bringing music to nurseries in disadvantaged areas of the city, to work developing the next generation of talented young musicians. The CBSO Youth Orchestra is part of the wider CBSO family of ensembles drawing their members from across the region - including an adult chorus and  three youth choruses and an adult community choir.

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Members experience…

  • Sectional coaching from CBSO musicians.
  • Performances with leading professional conductors, including CBSO Music Director Andris Nelsons.
  • The chance to play in Birmingham's Symphony Hall, one of Europe's finest orchestral concert venues.
  • Exciting and adventurous music: Mahler, Strauss, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and more, plus regular world premieres.
  • The support of the CBSO's full-time management team - exactly like a professional orchestra.

Applications for Membership

CBSO Youth Orchestra percussion section, Feb 06The CBSO Youth Orchestra is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 orchestra with vacancies in all sections. Please complete the form on the Join page or contact us to apply for an audition. We'll send you details as soon as your time is arranged.

Applications for the 15-16 season will be closing at 5pm on Monday 11th May 2015. Any applications after this date will be considered for the 2016-17 season.