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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.

We are sorry to announce that, due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the continuation of social distancing measures we have made the extremely difficult and very sad decision to cancel all County Group courses due to take place in the summer 

 In the meantime, we are continuing to make plans to support engagement with Kent Music and our County Groups this summer. This will include auditions for membership of any of our portfolio of County Ensembles, which will initially be available by video application although we are investigating options for face to face auditions later this year. We will update you on new information and activities as soon as we can through our website, monthly newsletterFacebook and Twitter accounts. 

 For answers to queries about refunds, as well as our organisational response to the COVID 19 pandemic, please visit our COVID 19 page here: https://www.kent-music.com/news/kent-music-and-covid-19-coronavirus/ 

 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. More information about the audition process.

Courses

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.

Repertoire

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.

Standard

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.