Ensembles & Choirs

Cornwall Music Education Hub Ensembles

The Cornwall Music Education Hub recognises how valuable ensemble experience can be in the development of musical skills and supports a network of ensembles and choirs across the county to provide a rich and varied menu of musical opportunities for young people.

Hub County Ensembles

In order to provide progression opportunities for young musicians, the Hub manages a number of ensembles at a county level:
Cornwall County Choirs 
Cornwall Open School Orchestras
Cornwall Youth Brass Ensemble
Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra
Cornwall Youth Orchestra
Cornwall Youth Percussion Ensemble
Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra
Sax is our Business 


Membership of the county ensembles is through an audition process.  Please note that a membership fee applies to all of these ensembles.  

CYO Membership Form

County Ensemble Membership Form (CYBE, CYJO, CYPE & SIOB) 

Joining CYO and CYWO

The 2019 auditions for CYO and CYWO will be held on 15th September 2019 at Truro High School for Girls.  Anyone interested in joining should complete and submit an audition application form:

CYO and CYWO Audition form (Word)

If you have any questions or queries about joining CYO and CYWO please don't hesitate to contact us.

CYO and CYWO Membership Form

CYO and CYWO Commitment Form

Subsidised Membership Fees

The Hub offers a 50% subsidy on the annual membership fee for students who meet one of the following criteria:

Cancellation of rehearsal policy

CMEH County Ensemble Rehearsal Cancellation Policy 

Progression & Ensembles Leads

The Hub is able to provide support to youth and school ensembles in the form of advice and support from our Progression and Ensemble Leads:

Janet Elston - Strategic Lead, County Ensembles & North Cornwall

Janet is employed by the Cornwall Music Service Trust but commissioned by the Hub to lead on its Progression and Ensemble Strategy as well as being the Director of the Hub's Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra.  Janet is able to visit schools to support them in setting up their own ensemble opportunities or to discuss musical progression in their schools.

Patrick Bailey - Central and West Cornwall

Patrick is an experienced conductor, multi-instrumentalist and composer who has been commissioned by the Hub to provide support school and regional ensembles.

Other CMEH supported ensembles

In addition to its county level ensembles, the CMEH supports a network of ensembles across the county through its annual Hub Ensemble grant programme.  These ensembles are managed, administered and delivered by other organisations and receive a grant from the CMEH to support them.

All Hub funded/supported ensembles are invited to attend termly Ensemble network meetings which have been set up to encourage communication and sharing between ensembles. 

The ensembles currently in receipt of a CMEH Ensemble grant are:


Noodles Guitars (Falmouth)


All Star Percussion 

Strings Ensembles

Caradon Strings

East Cornwall Youth String Orchestra (new ensemble)

Newquay Strings

Penzance Junior String Orchestra

Penzance Youth String Orchestra

Restormel Junior Strings

St Austell Chamber Orchestra

Triggshire Strings

Truro Junior String Orchestra

Truro Youth String Orchestra


Carrick Breeze

Carrick Winds

Cornwall County Recorders

Falmouth Junior Wind


Helston Junior Wind

Marhamchurch Next Steps

Penzance Junior Windband

Penzance Youth Windband

St Austell Youth Brass Band

Triggshire Winds

Wadebridge Next Steps


One of the core roles of the Cornwall Music Education Hub is to provide children and young people with performance opportunities, whether as part of a Hub ensemble or a school/community run group.

Some dates for your diary!

Cornwall County Choirs 

8th December 2018- Christmas Concert, Truro Methodist Church

Cornwall Youth Orchestra

Easter Concert - Friday 12th April 2019 in Truro Cathedral

Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra

Easter Concert - Saturday 13th April 2019 in Truro Cathedral

Sax is our Business and Cornwall Youth Brass Ensemble

14th December at the Burrell Theatre


Concerts by Hub ensembles or events organised by the Hub are listed on the hub calendar on the Hub Home Page

Concerts by Hub supported ensembles


Penzance Youth Wind Band and Flautistas joint concert on 8th December

St. Austell Chamber Orchestra performed at the St. Austell Festival of Music and Speech on Thursday November 29th and also opening the Penrice Academy Christmas concert on December 11th. They have also agreed to perform during  the weekend of December 1st and 2nd, at a Christmas Fayre which is being held at the Cornwall Riding Centre,  

Restormal Junior Strings also participated in the St Austell Music Festival on Thursday 29th of November and their Children in Need performance with Pudsey.

The Triggshire Mince Pie Concert including the Strings, Wind and Next Steps took place on Wednesday 12th December at Wadebridge School.

Newquay Strings performed at St Austell Festival on 29th November from 2pm onwards and in the Newquay Tretherras Christmas concert on Tuesday 18th December at 7pm.  

Carrick Winds and Carrick Breeze performed on Thursday 13th December at 7pm in Newquay Tretherras.

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