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County Ensemble Information and Applications

This range of county music ensembles builds on and extends the opportunities available in Hampshire's 45 area groups. County ensembles provide a very high quality of performing opportunities for Hampshire's most able young musicians. Each group has a full schedule of rehearsals and concerts and a high level of commitment is required. You are welcome to visit rehearsals for any of these ensembles before deciding whether to apply.

Hampshire Music Service provides instumental and vocal teaching to over 29,000 pupils every week and offers a range of ensembles, from beginner groups to county ensembles. Ensemble membership is charged at £30 per term for county ensembles and you can be part of as many groups as you wish.

Please contact Hampshire Music Service if you have queries about any of the county ensembles or any of the area ensembles. Further information about the various groups can be found on the ensemble directory page.

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRAS (HCYO)
Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra
Hampshire County Youth String Orchestra

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY YOUTH BANDS (HCYB)
Hampshire County Youth Band
Hampshire County Youth Training Band
Hampshire County Youth Junior Band (no audition*)
*Please contact the Hampshire Music Service for entry criteria.

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE *(HCYWE)
Hampshire County Youth Wind Ensemble
Hampshire Youth Training Wind Ensemble
Hampshire Double Reed Ensemble
Hampshire Flute Choir
Hampshire Percussion Ensemble

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY CHILDREN'S CHOIR (HCCC) age 9-13

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY YOUTH CHOIR (HCYC) age 13+

Membership

Membership is open to all pupils up to the age of 19 years who are in full-time school/college education. However, priority will be given first to Hampshire residents, and then to non-Hampshire residents attending Hampshire schools and colleges. Although grade examinations need not have been taken, the minimum standard for applications for the training ensembles is approximately grade/stage 4. You may apply for membership in more than one instrument. You may also apply for membership of more than one ensemble. Please email Hampshire Music Service for details about how to apply.

You can apply for an audition using the application form Microsoft Word 124kB. Please return the application to HMS by 30 May 2014.

Contact Hampshire Music Service for further information on 023 8065 2037 or e-mail: music.service@hants.gov.uk