West Kent Youth Orchestra

Music Centre

West Kent Music Centre

Group Session

Fridays ~ 4:25 pm - 6:05 pm ~ Term Time Only

Music Leader

Benedict Collins Rice







The West Kent Youth Orchestra (WKYO) is an advanced classical orchestra for grades 5+. Led by engaging and inspiring music leader Benedict Collins-Rice, the orchestra explores traditional orchestral repertoire including popular film scores and seasonal favourites.

The orchestra is the perfect place for talented musicians who are keen to have the full orchestral experience and progress their skills in a supportive and fun environment. You will have the opportunity to perform three times a year for friends and family.

Members come from schools across West Kent every week, forging new musical connections and making friends in our diverse and friendly group.

WKYO is currently accepting applications from young musicians on all orchestral instruments, but we are particularly keen to hear from those who play the following: Viola, Bassoon, Trombone, Tuba, Oboe, Percussion

Music Centre membership is fantastic value from only £4.50 a week, with some great benefits!

As a member you will have access to all ensembles at our Music Centres across Kent, so you can join as many as you wish, no matter which centre you initially signed up at.

Tuition is an additional charge, but you will receive a 10% discount on your membership if you wish to also wish to join an ensemble at a Music Centre.

Fees per term:

September 2023 – July 2024: Child £50 | Adult £70

Fees are invoiced termly (3 terms per year) and can be paid by instalments on request immediately following receipt of your invoice. Invoices will be sent at the beginning of each term and are payable by return.

Financial assistance may also be available for students who meet our criteria. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, please see our Financial Assistance page.

2023-24 Term Dates

Autumn Term:
September 15, 29; October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1

Spring Term:
January 12, 26; February 2, 9, 23
March 1, 8, 15, 22

Summer Term:
April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24
June 7, 14, 28; July 5

To apply, please click ‘Apply Here’ below.

Once you’ve selected your chosen courses, go to your basket to complete your application. You will then be prompted to log into your Kent Music online customer account.

If you don’t have an online customer account, then don’t worry – you can still easily apply at the ‘Apply Here’ button. You’ll be taken through some simple steps to create an account and your application will be processed the same as someone with an existing account.

After your application is complete, you’ll be sent further information about your lessons or ensemble to confirm.

If you have any questions or concerns about applying, please contact our Customer Services team on customerservices@kent-music.com

Winter Term: Christmas in the Spanish Sun (Concert on the 1st December 2023 at 6pm)

Bizet: Suite from Carmen

Chabrier: Espana

Coleridge Taylor: Christmas Overture


Spring Term: Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 (Concert on the 22nd March 2024 at 6pm)

Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8


Summer Term: The Garden of England (Concert on the 5th July 2024 at 6pm)

Vaughan WIlliams: English Folk Song Suite

Spain Dunk: Kentish Downs

We are thrilled to have the talented Benedict Collins-Rice as the musical leader for WKYO. Known for his ‘passionate, insightful, and inspiring conducting’, Benedict has performed throughout Europe and America (from The Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall); recorded for several record labels, for BBC and NBC Television, the BFI, and broadcast live on Radio 3.

Find Benedict’s full biography here.

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Two pieces from the online sessions, Mambo from West Side Story and Mozart’s Sleigh Ride were developed into virtual recording projects for Kent Music’s Midwinter Music Festival, released in December 2020. You can listen below!