Croydon Youth Concert Orchestra
The Croydon Youth Concert Orchestra welcomes students who have progressed from Concert Band or String Orchestra, or new members of a suitable level (approximately Grade 5 - 7 for Wind or Brass and 4 - 6 for Strings). CYCO repertoire is often selected from film and show music, with recent pieces including the ‘Star Wars’ Main Theme and ‘Minnie The Moocher’ from ‘The Blues Brothers’. They sometimes collaborate with other ensembles and in previous years have performed some Queen and Jimi Hendrix pieces with a guest electric guitarist. There is a fun and sociable atmosphere amongst the members but with a serious focus on orchestral training. Most members progress to the Croydon Youth Orchestra after a couple of years in this group.
Croydon Youth Orchestra
Croydon Youth Orchestra is a versatile full-size Symphony Orchestra. It performs symphonies to chamber music. The highlight of our year is when Peter Stark, conducting professor at the Royal College of Music, visits for a weekend course and concert. Members of the orchestra are encouraged to perform concertos, many of whom go on to study music at university and conservatoires.
Croydon Youth Winds and Strings
Members of the orchestras also play in Croydon Youth Winds or Croydon Youth Strings during the Friday centre. Students also enjoy the opportunity to perform with these groups as part of the termly concerts.