Online applications open for CBSO Youth Orchestra 2020-21 Season

We are pleased to announce that online applications for CBSO Youth Orchestra are now open!

This is a great opportunity giving young musicians from across the Midlands the chance to experience professionally-supported orchestral playing at the highest level.

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. Complementing the region’s existing youth and schools orchestras, the CBSO aims to have a youth orchestra that is dynamic, challenging and filled with dedicated young players who share the CBSO’s own passion for music.


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, and the support of the CBSO's management team - exactly like a professional orchestra.

Due to the COVID-19 situation we will not be holding auditions at the CBSO Centre during the summer term of 2020, instead we will be asking all musicians to submit a filmed audition online. Applications are now open, and we will be sending follow-up guidance on how to film your audition and where to submit your video on Monday 20 April. The closing date for all filmed auditions will be Friday 29 May. For more information and to apply, please visit our Youth Orchestra page.