County Music Groups

Orchestras, bands and choirs

Suffolk County Music Service (SCMS) runs a bespoke programme for Suffolk’s finest young musicians. These high-level County Music Groups offer exciting performance opportunities throughout the year, performing at prestigious venues. Selected ensembles also have the opportunity to tour abroad each year.

Ensembles are coached by SCMS’s professional team of tutors and guest artists from our partner professional orchestras, which in recent seasons have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

  • Suffolk Youth Orchestra: for instrumentalists aged up to 21, playing at Grade 6+ standard and above (or equivalent).
  • Suffolk Youth Wind Orchestra: for woodwind, brass & percussion players aged up to 21, playing at Grade 5+ standard and above (or equivalent).
  • Suffolk Young Strings: a string orchestra for players aged under 16, playing at Grade 4+ standard (or equivalent).
  • Suffolk Youth Choir: a non-auditioned opportunity for all singers 13-21 years - will be available later in the year. More details will be sent to schools and published on our website and social media as they become available. Watch this space!

Why join?

  • European concert tours! (Suffolk Youth Orchestra and Suffolk Youth Wind Orchestra)
  • Perform in prestigious concert halls, including Snape Maltings!
  • Take your instrumental skills to the very highest levels.
  • Learn, play and perform a varied and exciting programme of music.
  • Develop your ensemble performance skills.
  • Work with like-minded musicians and friends as part of a brilliant team!
  • A progressive pathway in your personal, musical and broader educational development and excellent experience for your CV and College/University application statements.

More information

Find our rehearsal and performance dates for the 2020-21 season.

Read on to find our costs, membership conditions and frequently asked questions.

Open the menu below to find out how to apply and read more information about the County Music Groups.

Contact us if you have any questions by email county.musicservice@suffolk.gov.uk or phone 01473 263400. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm, closed on Bank Holidays.

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