Auditions for Somerset County Youth Orchestra and Somerset County Youth Concert Band run by Somerset Music will be held on:
- Monday 9th October at Heathfield Community School, Taunton
- Tuesday 10th October at Strode College, Street
WHO ARE SOMERSET MUSIC COUNTY YOUTH GROUPS?
Somerset County Youth Groups are the top county instrumental groups and they play real music, i.e. no simplified versions – exactly the same music and parts as professional musicians. They give concerts all over the county and abroad. They meet for a few days in the Christmas and Easter school holidays for intensive rehearsals that end with a concert. They also arrange a residential course in the summer, usually during the last week of the term.
The Concert Band consists of full woodwind, brass and percussion/drums sections.
The Orchestra has smaller woodwind, brass and percussion sections, with a large string section.
CAN ANYONE JOIN?
You need to be at least grade 5 standard to join. Most players join the groups before they are 16 and some are as young as 12. The sections are led by very experienced players and during courses, they arrange for tutors to lead sectionals.
The auditions will be held on Monday 9th October at Heathfield Community School, Taunton & Tuesday 10th October at Strode College, Street. You will be asked to play a prepared piece, either accompanied or unaccompanied is fine, do some sight-reading and play a few appropriate scales to a few members of the band and orchestra staff.
The audition form can be completed online and needs to be submitted by Wednesday 4th October.
County Ensembles Auditions