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Peter Stark - Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra (720x509)

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

Next Event

Note: CYO's Tour to the Loire has been postponed until August 2022.

CYO instead plan to undertake a domestic course over the following revised dates: Monday 23 - Thursday 26 August 2021.

Forthcoming Events

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.

This year's winners were Minnie Elliott, Double Bassist, and George Smith, Cellist.


Auditions applications are available all year round, register your interest!

Recent events

CONCERT - 23rd December 2019 at 5pm, Haileybury College Guest Conductor Lev Parikian Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 2
 

Rehearsals - 20th-23rd December 2019 at Haileybury College

CONCERT - 23rd August 2019 at 7pm, Barbirolli Hall, Chorleywood Conductor Peter Stark
Berlioz Overture, Ballet Music and Royal Hunt from Les Troyens Strauss Don Quixote  

Rehearsals - 19th-22nd August 2019 at Academy Residences St Albans

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

County Activites Team contact information

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

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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