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 venuesSelected ensembles also have the opportunity to tour internationally 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 21 and under, playing at Grade 6+ standard and above (or equivalent).  

  • Suffolk Youth Wind Orchestra: for woodwind, brass & percussion players aged 21 and under, playing at Grade 5+ standard and above (or equivalent).  

  • Suffolk Young Strings: a string orchestra for players aged 16 and under, playing at Grade 4+ standard (or equivalent).  

  • Suffolk Youth Choira non-auditioned opportunity for all singers 13-21 years.  Please register your interest here so that we can send further information to you when it is available.

  • Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra: for trumpet/cornet players, trombonists, saxophonists, drummers & percussionists, guitarists, vocalists, a keyboard/piano player and a bassist (electric or acoustic). Grade 5+ standard.  Other instruments considered upon request. Please register your interest here so that we can send further information to you when it is available

Why join?

  • Regular International concert tours. Suffolk Youth Orchestra and Suffolk Youth Wind Orchestra presently tour annually, the aspiration is for Suffolk Youth Choir and Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra to start touring as soon as viable.
  • 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.
  • Play with like-minded musicians and friends as part of a brilliant team!
  • Experience a progressive pathway in your personal, musical and broader educational development and gather excellent experience for your CV/ College/University application statements.

More information

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 21 June 2022.

Find our rehearsal and performance dates for the 2022-23 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. 

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