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The Colne Valley Youth Orchestra

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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

  • Information on the Rotary Festival of Music and Dance:

  • Information on the Rotary Festival of Music and Dance

  • 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 www.childrensuniversity.co.uk

    NEWS!! STRAWBERRY CONCERT, DEDHAM CHURCH CO7 6DE is A JOINT CONCERT for both Training and Main Orchestras. It is on SUNDAY 17th June. Rehearsal AT 12:00 Concert 3pm, Strawberries immediately after the concert. Concert clothes are CVYO polo shirts and dark trousers/skirts. Members should bring a lunch snack if needed (there will be a short break between rehearsal and concert. This concert is for all to attend and no tickets are required; a collection will be made at the end of the concert. Please do me the courtesy of informing me if you are unable to attend: nigel@cvyo.net

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