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County Youth Sinfonia

Principal Conductor: David Gordon-Shute

Required standard: Advanced grade 5
Age Range: 11 – 21 years

County Wind Sinfonia meets for courses in the spring and summer holidays and for a repertoire day in the autumn half term, undertaking exciting and challenging repertoire in many styles and genres.

The sinfonia has played many specially commissioned works and also very popular pieces to the more obscure! Playing in county wind sinfonia is an exciting opportunity to not only play great music but to work with professional coaches on technical aspects of your playing.

The sinfonia performs in high profile venues, most recently The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban. Other venues include the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, London’s Barbican Hall and the Royal Academy of Music. The Sinfonia has recorded several CDs, most recently releasing the premiere recording of Daniel Basford's Symphony No. 1 in 2014, and regularly commissions new works and presents first performances. 

As well as brass, percussion and wind instruments, there are places for piano/keyboard and string bass.

For an idea of the sort of music we play please click here for a recent performance by the group as well as musicians from the County Youth Orchestra and Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra.

Forthcoming Events

  • CWS Autumn 2021: Postponed - The National Concert Band Festival at Watford on 31st October has been cancelled and we have therefore taken the decision to postpone our rehearsal day for CWS on Saturday 30th October until next year when we should be able to link it to an alternative performance opportunity.

Recent events

Summer 2021 - Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th July 2021.  

Project with the Band of The Royal Air Force - 18th February 2019 at RAF Northolt
Conductors David Gordon Shute (CWS) and Richard Murray (RAF)
Bernstein arr. Grundman Candide Overture
Tichelli Blue Shades
Goodwin Those Magnificent Airmen
Whitacre Lux Arumque

Spring 2020 - 17th-18th February 2020 at Watford School of Music (day 1); RAF Northolt (day 2)

Autumn Workshop Day - 3rd November 2019 at Stevenage Music Centre

County Youth Music Festival Concert (joint with County Youth Brass) - 27th July 2019 at Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire
Conductors Mark Heron (CWS) and Paul Fisher (CYB)
Aagard-Nilsen Ljodgata
Hussey Twisted Skyscapes
Bedford Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves

County Activites Team contact information

Email: countymusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk
Tel.: 01992 555093

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

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