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 Wind Orchestra
Sax is our Business 

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.


Membership of the county ensembles is through an audition process which takes place each Autumn.  
Please note that a membership fee applies to all of our ensembles and an updated membership form is required each year.   
Forms for 2020/21 being added soon

Subsidised Membership Fees

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

*Eligibility will be checked against the Council's Central System. 

Cancellation of CMEH Ensemble Rehearsals

Occasionally it may be necessary to cancel a rehearsal of one of our ensembles.  Please see the policy below regarding the procedure for this:  

CMEH County Ensemble Rehearsal Cancellation Policy 

Other CMEH Supported Ensembles

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

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 - County Ensembles & North Cornwall

Janet is employed by the Cornwall Music Service Trust but commissioned by the Hub as the Progression and Ensemble lead for North Cornwall .  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 - County Ensembles & Central/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.


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