Bedfordshire Youth Music Courses

Our courses take place mainly during school holidays and provide a unique opportunity to experience playing in a full size orchestra or band or in a chamber or string ensemble. We also run workshops, choir courses, an opera production and other events. Experienced staff teach our students over a period of one to five days, usually culminating in a concert. We run a range of groups to suit string, woodwind, brass and percussion players and singers across a wide variety of ages and standards.

Below is a list of our regularly run courses and their entry requirements.

Entry criteria for our courses and workshops: by audition, tutor recommendation, course conductors advising students move from one group to another, or unrestricted entry.

Please note, our grade requirements are a guide – our conductors may recommend you start (or remain) in a different group to get more experience even after you have passed the relevant grade.

Our main audition period is usually October each year for the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and the Wind Band. Youth Opera auditions are usually held in February. We can, however, arrange auditions at other times for new students.

If you would like to book a place on a course which is running imminently, please visit our book a course page.

Once your booking is received, we may contact you to arrange an audition, or to ask for a recommendation.

If you would like to be kept up to date with news relating to our courses and workshops, please drop us an email – we will add you to our general mailing list.

Full orchestra for players of Grade 5 and above.

Full orchestra for players of Grade 3-5.

Orchestra for string players of Grade 1-3

A versatile string orchestra for string players of Grade 2 – 4 standard

Woodwind, brass and percussion players of Grade 4 and above.

Beginners band for woodwind, brass and percussion players of Grade 1-3.

String, Woodwind and Brass players Grade 3 level and above

Singers and players put on a fully-staged opera production during the course of a year.


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