Youth String Ensemble

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.


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  • I learnt loads and I played music like never before!
  • The Music was varied and made me feel proud to be a violin player
  • The music was challenging and fun to learn!


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.


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.

How much does it cost?

£75 for a three-day course.

Contact us

For further information regarding membership or any enquiries please contact Valerie Cordina on 01622 358402 or