Somerset Music is proud to support the three County Groups; the Somerset County Youth Choir, Somerset County Youth Concert Band and the Somerset County Youth Orchestra.
To find out more about our groups, please see below.
For more information on the groups and how to join, give us a call on
Somerset County Youth Concert Band
Do you play a Brass, Woodwind or Percussion instrument?
Then you could be ready to play in this band!
SCYCB Easter Concert 2010
Who are we?
Formed in 1973 the band is made up of approximately 70 of some of the most talented musicians from schools across the county. With its large range of woodwind and brass instruments and exciting percussion section, this award winning band presents a diverse and challenging repertoire of original Concert band music, hits from the West End shows, Classical repertoire and Swing.
When do we get together?
The band has three courses a year, at Christmas, Easter and the end of the Summer Term and hosts the County Wind Band Festival. The band has performed throughout the county in all major venues and has also visited Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy and France.
How do you join?
You’ll need to be Grade 5 standard or above to join. We audition once a year and the auditions last about fifteen minutes. We will ask you to play a piece, do some sight-reading and play a few appropriate scales. They are quite informal and you will have a chance to chat with some of the staff from the band.
SCYCB Staff members on tour 2009!
Somerset County Youth Orchestra
Since its foundation over thirty years ago the SCYO has been offering high quality orchestral playing to young musicians from all over Somerset. A large number of the students who have played in this group have been inspired by their musical experiences to pursue the subject to a very high level. Countless numbers of our members have studied, or are studying music at university or music college. Many have become professional musicians working as performers or teachers. Some even work for the County Music Service, Somerset Music who support the orchestra!
SCYO tour 2009, concert rehearsals
We are also truly international artists and have given many concerts outside Somerset, including performances in Paris, Florence, Prague, Köln, Salzburg and Dublin as well as being the first Orchestra to perform in the European Parliament in Brussels.
SCYO tour 2009, concert rehearsals (yes, they are hoovers)
Somerset County Youth Choir
The County Youth Choir is open to all singers aged 11 or over. They meet for short courses about eight times year, at the weekend or during school holidays. They take part in a number of high profile events which vary from year to year, but always include the Somerset County Council Celebration Concert at Wells Cathedral in December.
Membership of the County Youth Choir offers the opportunity of joining with many other voices in the production of high quality choral work, and of celebrating the sheer joy of singing.
Courses aim to:
- develop technical skills
- explore a wide variety of vocal styles and genres
- develop overall musicality
- increase self-confidence and performance skills
SCYC performing at Exeter Cathedral Christmas 2009
Activities over recent years have included:
- a concert tour to Austria with performances at the European Parliament
- training in varied areas such as improvisation, musical theatre, opera and world music
- concerts at venues in London and Bristol, including the Royal Albert Hall and the Colston Hall
- collaborative work with established vocal groups (such as Black Voices, the Shout and the BBC Singers)
- working with different instrumentalists and projects involving large-scale orchestras and rock bands
SCYC summer tour of primary schools 2009
For more SCYC information, please go to the Singing in Somerset page.
Somerset Young Voices
SYV is a newly formed county choir for those aged between 8 and 11, providing the opportunity to sing with others your age from across the county. We meet 8 times during the year, usually on Sundays, for short courses.
Courses aim to:
Develop the singing voice
Introduce a wide range of style and genres
Develop self-confidence and performance skills
Promote the enjoyment of singing together
SYV first course 2009, Street
The cost for the year is £40; this includes attendance at 8 workshops. You may choose to pay for just the first workshop as a taster, for £5, and pay the remaining balance once you are committed to continuing.
Members of SYV, first course 2009
For more SYV information, please go to the Singing in Somerset page.