The Youth String Ensemble (previously Kent Schools Orchestra) provides school-age instrumentalists with opportunities to rehearse and perform at county-level with other young musicians from across Kent. YSE aims to extend musical skills, knowledge and understanding through intensive but enjoyable full and sectional rehearsals on non-residential courses. The courses are held over three days during each of the school half-terms and each course is followed by a public concert. Auditions are not required for membership in YSE and the group is a good foundation for players who are looking to progress to the Kent County Youth Orchestra.
The next course is on 17-19 February 2017 at Rochester Grammar School with the free concert on 19 February, 3pm.
Repertoire consists of a variety of music including standard light orchestral classics and music from film, television and music theatre. All repertoire is selected with the aim of developing technique, general musicianship, and ensemble skills, as well as introducing players to the work of varied composers.
Applications are welcome from accomplished school age string players who have achieved Grade 2 or an equivalent standard.
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The Youth String Ensemble meet in the school half terms for courses to allow concentrated tuition with specialist tutors and to work with experienced conductors. All courses culminate in a public concert.
Our upcoming courses for the 2016-2017 season are:
Spring 2017: 17 – 19 February 2017 at Rochester Grammar School; concert on 19 February 2017 at 3pm
We are always interested in hearing from new members! Auditions are not required for membership in YSE and applications are welcome at any point during the season. Please download and complete an application form or request one from our office.
Membership is for one season; if you are already a member, please renew your membership by submitting a new application at the start of the school year.
£75 for a three-day course.
For further information regarding membership or any enquiries please contact the Orchestras Manager, or the Orchestras Administrator, Penny Miller, at Kent Music on 01622 358403 or firstname.lastname@example.org