The Colne Valley Youth Orchestra


The Colchester-based Colne Valley Youth Orchestra (CVYO) and its junior partner, the Colne Valley Training Orchestra (CVTO), meet to rehearse once a month at Colchester Sixth Form College.

Any young musician from approximately grade 1 and age 7 can come along and try out to see if they enjoy what Colne Valley has to offer. There are no auditions - only the opportunity to come and play your instrument with others, improve your playing and make lots of new friends from schools all around the area.

WE WELCOME PLAYERS OF WOODWIND, BRASS, PERCUSSION AND STRING INSTRUMENTS; so if you play flute, oboe clarinet,saxophone, bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Drums and Percussion, Violin viola 'cello and double bass come along and have some fun making music!

As well as practising at rehearsals, we perform a wide range of concerts and get involved in lots of fantastic musical events across the year. Our new Honarary President is DAMON ALBARN who used to play in the orchestra. For older members, there is a chance to go on residential weekends and a summer concert tour abroad.

If you play an instrument and want to do more than just practise in your bedroom why not come along and join us. You'll definitely play better and you'll definitely have fun.

Information on the HOLIDAY ORCHESTRA can be found under Training Orchestra and a flyer can be downloaded here:

  • Holiday Orchestra
  • Pictures of our Hon President Damon Albarn OBE wearing the CVYO shirt:

  • Pictures of Damon Albarn Damon has just been awarded the OBE for his services to Music in the Queen's New Year's Honours list 2016.
  • Picture of Nigel Hildreth, our musical director at Buckingham Palace:

  • Picture of Nigel Hildreth MBE

  • Colchester Rotary Festival:

    Photos at Dedham Church:

  • Photos of the Strawberry Tea, Dedham

  • NEWS!! We are delighted to be a Learning Destination Partner of the Children's University. The Children's University is an extra-curricular learning programme which takes place outside of the classroom. It encourages children aged 5 to 14 to try new learning experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills. For further information visit

    NEWS!! See Main orchestra page rehearsals for details of side by side project. javascript:submitBrowseForm('/htdocs/forms','','browse','main');

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