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.
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, including regular world and UK premieres
- The support of the CBSO's management team - exactly like a professional orchestra.
To join the CBSO Youth Orchestra applicants need to undertake an audition with a panel of CBSO musicians, just like a professional orchestral audition. Auditions are held annually during the summer term, but applications can be made at any time.
We ask that applicants are working at a minimum of Grade 7 standard for strings and Grade 8 for woodwind/brass/percussion.
Applications remain open for Viola and Double Bass for the 2019-20 season. Auditions will take place in September.