First established in November 1994 the Congleton Youth Orchestra gives young people from Congleton and surrounding areas the opportunity to learn, play and perform music in an orchestral setting.
The Orchestra has a Senior Orchestra, an Intermediate Wind, Brass and Percussion Group, and an Intermediate Strings Group and two training groups. The Orchestra performs a concert at the end of each term and are generally held in Congleton Town Hall. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to hold any concerts since March 2020, and some of our rehearsals are still being held virtually using the Zoom platform.
Normally, the Orchestra meets each Saturday morning during term time at Trinity Methodist Church, Wagg Street, Congleton, CW12 4BA. All our groups are taught by our experienced instrumental staff and volunteers and who are all Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked . We have recently started to pilot a return of onsite (physical) rehearsals.
Already play an instrument?
We would love to hear from you. For musicians who have started to play we have Intermediate Strings and Wind groups. For those typically playing at Grade 4 level and above membership of the Senior Orchestra is available.
No formal audition is required to join; however, players are assessed on past experience and qualifications during the application process.
We are able to offer tuition from scratch for woodwind, brass, and string instruments for children aged 7 and above.
Membership fees are £30 per term or £90 per year. We also have a peripatetic instrument loan scheme which is available to all members, subject to availability, and this is included in the membership fee.
Please use the “Contact Us” link if you are interested in joining or would like further information.
Don't currently play an instrument ?
You can still join our Orchestra !
An Open Day is held each year during the Summer term where children and parents are welcome to come and see what we do. As part of the day a huge selection of instruments are available to try. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to express an interest to join the next intake of complete beginners at the start of the following Autumn term.