County ensembles

County ensembles bring Hampshire's most able young musicians together to develop talent

Our events calendar gives a full listing of forthcoming events for all ensembles and more. Why not have a look to see if there's a performance near you?

Membership and how to apply

Membership is open to young people up to the age of 19, who are in full-time education at school/college/home. The fee is £35 per term. You can be a member of more than one area and/or county ensemble at the same time, for that single fee.  

The county orchestras and wind ensembles hold auditions at the end of the summer term. We publish the application forms on this page in March or April. The application deadline is usually the end of May. You can apply for membership on different instruments and voices. You will need to complete a separate application for each one.

The bands, choirs, and folk ensemble are open to members throughout the academic year.

Apply to be a member of the County Youth Ensembles

Contact us about any of the county ensembles.

Orchestra

Hampshire County Youth Orchestra (HCYO)

HCYO website

Director: Carl Clausen
Venue: Thornden School, Chandlers Ford
When: Saturdays, fortnightly, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Requirements: at or close to grade/stage 7+ and to pass annual audition

Hampshire County Youth Chamber Orchestra

Conductor: Carl Clausen
Venue: Thornden School, Chandlers Ford
When: as identified, 3.50pm to 5pm
Requirements: at or close to grade/stage 8+ and to pass annual audition (by invitation only)

Hampshire County Youth String Orchestra

Conductor: Brian Lloyd-Wilson
Venue: Thornden School, Chandlers Ford
When: Saturday, every two weeks 10.30am to 3.20pm
Requirements: at or close to grade/stage 5+ and to pass annual audition

Brass

Hampshire County Youth Band (HCYB)

Hampshire County Youth Orchestra

HCYB website

Director: Jock McKenzie
Venue: Perins Community School, Alresford
When: Saturdays, weekly 10am to 12.15pm
Requirements: at or close to grade/stage 6+

Hampshire County Training Band

Conductor: Jon Cranston
Assistant: Jo Johnson
Venue: Perins Community School, Alresford
When: Saturdays, weekly 10am to midday
Requirements: at or close to grade/stage 5+

Hampshire County Junior Band

Conductor: Jane Brydon
Venue: Perins Community School, Alresford
When: Saturdays, weekly 10am to midday
Requirements: at or close to grade/stage 3+

Wind

Hampshire County Youth Wind Ensemble (HCYWE)

HCYWE website

Interim Director: Helen Walton
Conductor: Phillip Scott
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Saturdays, every two weeks 10.30am to 3.15pm
Requirements: at or close to grade/stage 7 and to pass an annual audition

Hampshire Youth Training Wind Ensemble

Conductor: Gabrielle Horne
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Saturdays, every two weeks 10.30am to 1.30pm
Requirements: grade/stage 4+

Hampshire Double Reed Ensemble

Conductor: Lucinda Willits
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Saturdays, every two weeks 10.30am to 12.30pm
Requirements: grade/stage 4+ and to pass an annual audition

Hampshire Flute Choir

Conductor: Carrie Hensel
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Saturdays, every two weeks 10.30am to 12.30pm
Requirements: grade/stage 6+ and to pass an annual audition

Hampshire Percussion Ensemble

Conductor: Adam Broughton
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Saturdays, every two weeks 10.30am to 11.30am

Choir

Hampshire County Youth Choir (HCYC)

 

Hampshire County Youth Choir

HCYC website

Director: Michael Whiteside
Assistant: Kim Seagrove
Venue: The United Church, Winchester
When: Fridays, weekly 7.15pm to 9pm
For school years 10 to 13

Hampshire County Youth Chamber Choir

Conductor: Michael Whiteside
Venue: The United Church, Winchester
When: Fridays, when required, 9pm to 9.30pm
Members drawn from the main Youth Choir

Hampshire County Youth Show Choir

Conductor: Kim Seagrove
Assistant: Kerry Kenward
Venue: The United Church, Winchester
When: Fridays, weekly 6pm to 7.15pm
For school years 7 to 13

Hampshire County Youth Training Choir

Conductors: Lissa Gray and Kerry Kenward
Pianist: Isabel Brearley
Venue: The United Church, Winchester
When: Fridays, weekly 4.30pm to 5.45pm
For school years 7 to 9

Hampshire County Junior Choir

Conductors: Jessica Orba
Assistant: Tara Chapman
Venue: The United Church, Winchester
When: Fridays, weekly 4.30pm to 5.45pm
For school years 2 to 6

Folk

Hampshire Youth Folk Ensemble

Director: Joyce Ingledew
Venue: Dart Centre, Wildern School, Hedge End
When: Tuesdays, weekly 6.15pm to 7.15pm
Requirements: string and guitar players grade/stage 3+