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Leadership Team for Herts Music Service

Katherine Wolfenden
Deena Day
Angela Gilby
Rebecca Kelly
Nick Denham

County Youth Orchestra

    

Principal Conductor: Peter Stark

Required standard: Grade 8
Age Range: 14 – 21 years

Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra meets during the Autumn, Spring and Summer holidays, usually for 4 - 5 days per course.

 

The orchestra has gained a reputation as one of the best youth orchestras in the country working with international conductors and experienced sectional tutors, some of whom hold principal positions in professional orchestras.

The high standard of the group is led by Principal Conductor Peter Stark, who will be celebrating 22 years with the orchestra this year. The orchestra’s repertoire is always challenging and its concerts always memorable. In recent years, repertoire has included Mahler Symphonies No. 5 & 6, Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra, Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Bartok The Miraculous Mandarin, Holst The Planets and Schoenberg Gurre-Lieder.

HCYO performs at major venues and festivals in the UK and Europe. They toured the Rhineland in the Summer of 2017 and have previously toured in Madrid and Prague.

The orchestra has made a number of recordings, including their acclaimed disc of Elgar’s Violin Concerto (violin – David Greed) in 2004 and Edwin Roxburgh’s Saturn in 2005 which was released commercially by NMC.

Entry is by audition or invitation and members are expected to commit to all three courses in the season.

‘The playing of Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra is simply stunning’ - Classical CD 2006

 

County Activities Team contact information

Email: countymusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk  
Tel.: 01707 292399 / 292761

We are based at Hertfordshire Music Service Central Office, Mid-Herts Centre for Music & Arts, Birchwood Avenue, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0PS.
 
 

Next Course

CYO is next meeting for their Summer Residential Course which will run on 19th-23rd August. The orchestra will be taking on Stauss' Don Quixote, and Berlioz's Overture, Ballet & Royal Hunt from Les Troyens   in preparation for their concert on 23rd August.

CYO will be working intensively with Principal Conductor Peter Stark and expert tutors towards their performance of this music in concert. 

 

Orchestra member downloads

> Click here to download scores

 

 
Forthcoming Events

  • Summer Residential 2019 - 19th-23rd August featuring Richard Strauss' Don Quixote

Auditions

We accept applications all year round.

 

Benslow Instrument Loan Award

An annual award made to a young musician in Hertfordshire for the loan of an instrument from Benslow for 3 years.  The first year of loan will be funded by Benslow and the second and third years by the Friends of County Youth Music Groups.

Last year's winner was Jemma Starling, violinist in the County Youth Orchestra 

 

Recent Events

CONCERT - 18th April 2019 at 7pm, Haileybury College, Hertford
Conductor Peter Stark
Mendelssohn Ruy Blas Overture
Delibes Coppelia Ballet Suite
Schumann Symphony No. 2
 

Course - 15th-18th April 2019 at Haileybury College

 
CONCERT - 23rd December 2018 at 3pm, Haileybury College, Hertford (joint with HSSO)
Conductor Peter Stark
Bax In Memoriam
Respighi Pines of Rome
 

Course - 20th-22nd December 2018 at Haileybury College

CONCERT - 1st September 2018 at 3pm, Barbirolli Hall
Conductor Peter Stark
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1

Course and recording - 28th-31st August 2018 at Barbirolli Hall

CONCERT 6th April 2018 at 7pm, Haileybury College, Hertford
Conductors Peter Stark & Mark Heron
Dag Wiren Serenade for Strings
Sibelius En Saga
            Valse Triste
            Lemminkainen's Return
Gorb Suite for Winds
Alarcon Duende

Joint Spring Course with the County Wind Sinfonia 3rd - 6th April 2018 

CONCERT - 22nd December 2017 at 7pm, Haileybury College, Hertford
Conductor Peter Stark
Dukas
Prelude pour Preceder La Peri
Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie pour Klarinette et Orchestre (with soloist Dougie Mitchell)
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Autumn Course 19th - 22nd December 2017 

Tour to Wiesbaden, Germany - 25th - 29th August 2017
Conductor
Peter Stark
Elgar
In the South (Alassio)
Brahms
St Anthony Variations
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 

Summer Course - 21st - 23rd August 2017

CONCERT - 13th April 2017 at 7.30pm, Barbirolli Hall, Chorleywood
Conductors Ben Glassberg & Peter Stark
Rimsky Korsakov Russian Easter Festival Overture
Barber Adagio for Strings 
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Elgar In the South 
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story 

Spring Course - 10th - 13th April 2017 as part of a joint course with the Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra and County Wind Sinfonia