Kent Youth Wind Orchestra

The Kent Youth Wind Orchestra was formed in 1976 with the aim of providing talented wind, brass and percussion players the opportunity to extend their performance skills at County level. KYWO has provided a concert platform for thousands of players over the years and has performed at numerous major concert venues in the United Kingdom and abroad.

The ensemble averages 50 players who live in Kent and range from 11 to 19. They meets for three courses each academic year and are coached by professional musicians. The courses culminate in performances at highly respected venues across the county.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the continuation of social distancing measures, we are currently reviewing how our County Groups will be taking place in 2021.  

This group will maintain the same ethos and excitement, and we welcome new membershowever the frequency of rehearsals and course types may change.

If you are interested in finding out more about this group, please contact Valerie Cordina on

In the meantime, Kent Music is offering ensemble music activities for all ages and levels of experience in our Online Music Centre. The courses include orchestral groups, a band, a choir, an online Music Lab, and more favourites from our in-person music centres. Find out more and get involved today on the Online Music Centre page. 

We will update you on new information about this group as soon as we can. Sign up or follow us via these links to receive the latest updates: monthly newsletter, FacebookTwitter.

For answers to queries about refunds, as well as our organisational response to the COVID 19 pandemic, please visit our COVID 19 page.

Please keep making music and we look forward to welcoming you to our activities in the future.  

Audition to join the Kent Youth Wind Orchestra

To become a member of the Kent Youth Wind Orchestra you will be required to audition. Find more more information about the audition process here.

Please follow the button below labelled ‘Audition for this Group’ to let us know you’re interested in auditioning.


KYWO meets three times a year for courses to allow concentrated tuition with specialist tutors and to work with conductors of national standing. All courses culminate in a concert.

Winter 2021
Rehearsal: Woodwind sectional – 12th September 2021
Rehearsal: Brass sectional – 19th September 2021
Rehearsal: Percussion sectional – 26th September 2021
Course: 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th December 2021
Concert: 19th December 2021

Spring 2022
Rehearsal: Brass sectional – 2nd, 3rd April 2022
Rehearsal: Woodwind sectional – 8th April 2022
Rehearsal: Percussion sectional – 9th April 2022

Summer 2022
Residential course: 14th – 19th July 2022
Concert: 19th July 2022


KYWO performs music especially written for the modern wind band as well as arrangements and compositions from the past reset for the ensemble. The modern band includes whole families of wind instruments as well as some of the more obscure and expensive percussion instruments. The marimba, vibraphone and xylophone are used by composers to add a variety of colour to the repertoire. This repertoire is growing and is designed to be both educationally beneficial and challenging. KYWO is capable of performing the most demanding of these works. KYWO currently holds one of the largest wind ensemble library’s in the South of England including a vast array of commissioned repertoire specifically written for the group.


Members of the Kent Youth Wind Orchestra should be grade 6 standard and above. We are looking for versatility and responsiveness to musical suggestion and not necessarily good soloists during our audition process.

How much does it cost?

£26.50 per day for non-residential courses and £53 per day for residential courses. To find out if you are eligible to apply for a bursary, please visit our Financial Assistance page.