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.

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 a mix of residential courses and workshop days 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 currently holds one of the largest wind ensemble libraries in the South of England, selected from a wide range of composers and styles. Our repertoire includes music for the modern wind band and a vast array if repertoire specifically written for the group.

The modern band includes whole families of wind instruments as well as some of the lesser-known percussion instruments. The marimba, vibraphone and xylophone are used by composers to add a variety of colour to the repertoire. Our repertoire is growing and is designed to be both educationally beneficial and challenging.

As an orchestra of skilled players, KYWO is capable of performing the most demanding of these works. Recently, the players have performed pieces by Philip Sparke, Guy Woolfenden, Klaus Badelt and John Barry amongst others.


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 (prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change). To find out if you are eligible to apply for a bursary, please visit our Financial Assistance page.