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.
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.