As a member of HCYO you will experience repertoire and opportunities designed to develop confidence in your orchestral skills at the highest level of county music making. Each HCYO course offers the opportunity to work alongside professional conductors and experienced sectional tutors, including professional orchestral musicians from around the UK.
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.
Members are expected to commit to all three courses in the season.
To apply, please follow the application link below.
Christmas Course 2023
Looking back / Looking forward, 27 – 30 December 2023
Rehearsals: 27 - 29 December
Concert: 30 December 19.30 at Haileybury Big School Auditorium.
Tickets: Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra 'Looking Forward, Looking Back' Tickets, Sat 30 Dec 2023 at 19:30 | Eventbrite
Please note that tickets are only available online and won't be on the door.
Summer Tour 2023: Sunday 20 to Saturday 26 August Tour to the Loire Valley, France with the members from the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra and Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Stark.
First two days consisted of rehearsals in Hertfordshire, and three concerts in the Loire Valley at the following venues: Cathédrale de Saint-Louis de Blois, Eglise Saint Julien (Tours), and Chateau de la Selles sur Cher.
Paul Dukas - La Péri Fanfare
Léo Delibes - Entr’act & Waltz, Prelude & Mazurka, and Czardas from Coppélia
Frederick Delius - Intermezzo from The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Antonín Dvořák - Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New World", Op. 95
Edward Elgar - Nimrod from Enigma Variations [encore]
Easter Course 2023: 12-15 April 2023 at Watford School of Music. Poulenc - Sinfonettia, Vaughan-Williams - English Folk Song Suite, Mozart - Overture to Die Zauberflote and Symphony no. 31 'Paris'
Christmas Course 2022: 21-23 December 2022 at Haileybury College. Brahms Double Concerto, Marquez Danzon no.2
Summer Course 2022: 15-19 August at Haileybury College, conducted by Peter Stark. Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony no. 5, and Beethoven Symphony no. 6.
Spring Course 2022: Tuesday 5 - Friday April at Clement Danes School, conducted by Peter Stark. Repetoire featuring Malcolm Arnold's Symphony no. 5.
Summer Course 2021 - Monday 23 - Thursday 26 August 2021 at St Clement Danes School with a concert on Thursday 26 August at 5pm.
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
18th April 2019 at 7pm, Haileybury College, Hertford Conductor
Mendelssohn Ruy Blas Overture
Delibes Coppelia Ballet Suite
Schumann Symphony No. 2
Course - 15th-18th April 2019 at Haileybury College
- 23rd December 2018 at 3pm, Haileybury College, Hertford (joint with HSSO)Conductor
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
Gorb Suite for Winds
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