West Kent Youth String Orchestra

Music Centre

Tonbridge Music Centre

Group Session

Fridays ~ 6:00 pm - 6:40 pm ~ Term Time Only

Music Leader

Benedict Collins Rice







Please be aware that, due to the COVID 19 crisis, there have been some changes to this group and in-person sessions are not currently running. 

However, we are now running an exclusive Online Music Centre which includes the Online West Kent Youth Orchestra, which this group has merged with.

This runs on Fridays from 4:30pm-6pm, and this term’s dates are as follows:

January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

February 5th, 12th

For more information on this and other Online Music Centre courses, and to find out more about making music with us during COVID-19, please follow the links below:

Online West Kent Youth Orchestra

Online Music Centre

Music lessons

Kent Music’s response to COVID 19

The West Kent Youth String Orchestra (WKYSO) is an advanced classical orchestra for grades 5-8.  The ensemble works closely with the West Kent Youth Orchestra (WKYO), and with talented musical leaders and conductors. They perform concerts at least three times a year.

How do I join?

You can join this group at any time; there are no auditions. If you’d like more information or to apply to join this group, please use the buttons below.

Membership fee

Receive up to half a term free for new music centre members!

You can join our network of Local Music Groups and Music Centres by paying a membership fee each term. This gives you access to all ensembles and groups at our centres across Kent and Medway.

Aged 18 and under: £45 per term / 19+: £60 per term

There is a 10% discount on fees if you receive instrumental lessons with Kent Music. We also offer a 75% discount for those meeting specific financial criteria: visit our Financial Assistance page for details.

WKYSO’s Musical Leader

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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