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Applications open for CBSO Youth Orchestra


Open to all Midlands young musicians aged 13 (in year 9) to 21, the CBSO Youth Orchestra gives its members an unmatched opportunity to be part of an internationally renowned orchestral organisation, playing challenging music in prestigious venues with top professional conductors and soloists.


Members of the CBSO Youth Orchestra benefit from:

  • Sectional coaching from CBSO musicians
  • Performances with leading professional conductors
  • The chance to play in Birmingham's Symphony Hall, one of Europe's finest orchestral concert venues
  • Performing exciting and adventurous music, including regular world and UK premieres
  • The support of the CBSO's management team - exactly like a professional orchestra

October Course: Saturday 21 October - Sunday 29 October 2017
(All participants in this course must also be available on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018)

February Course: Saturday 17 February - Sunday 25 February 2018  

To join the CBSO Youth Orchestra applicants need to undertake an audition with a panel of CBSO musicians, just like a professional orchestral audition. Applicants are expected to be working at a minimum of grade 7 standard for strings and grade 8 for woodwind/brass/percussion.

Auditions will take place in May and June 2017 – please see the website for further details.

If you have any questions or need any more information, please contact Lauren Craner on lcraner@cbso.co.uk or 0121 616 6509.

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