Ensembles & Choirs

Young brass players in an orchestra 

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 Managed 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 our orchestras

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.   

Interested in joining the Cornwall Youth Orchestra?

Flyer for joining the Cornwall Youth Orchestra

Are you aged 11-19 and living/attending school in Cornwall? The Cornwall Youth Orchestra is auditioning for members for 2020/21.   Players should be of at least Grade 5 standard.

To submit an application, please complete our online audition form. 

 

Membership 

CYO or CYWO Membership Form for Academic Year 2020-21

All members, both current and new, should complete and submit an online membership form so that we can ensure that we have up to date details and consent for everyone.  

 

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. 

 

CMEH Ensemble rehearsals during COVID-19 pandemic

In order to keep all players and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed our processes and procedures in line with guidance from the Department for Education in order to mitigate risks.  If it is felt that it is not safe for ensembles to meet for 'live' rehearsals, we will hold rehearsals online.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Ensembles

COVID-19 Rehearsal information for parents

 

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 

Photograph of All Star Percussion performing at the Hall for Cornwall

Other CMEH Supported Ensembles

In addition to its county level ensembles, the CMEH financially 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:

Folk

East Cornwall Folk Ensemble

Guitar

Noodles Guitars (Falmouth)

Percussion

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

Winds

Carrick Breeze

Carrick Winds

Cornwall County Recorders

Falmouth Junior Wind

Flautistas

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.

Janet Elston - jelston@cornwallmusicservicetrust.org

Patrick Bailey - County Ensembles and choirs & 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.

Patrick Bailey - pbaileynew@gmail.com 

 


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