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City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra (CSYO)


City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra is a registered charity and membership is open to local players (Sheffield and locality) aged 13-21 years of age. Most members are still at school, some at college and many training as professional musicians.

The Orchestra meets 3 times a year during the holiday periods. Admission is by audition and a high standard of ability is expected.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Edward Woodhead
Contact Position
City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra

Where to go

Ecclesall Parish Church
Ringinglow Road
South Yorkshire
S11 7PP

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
During the three main school holidays
Time of day
Session Information
Short residential course at Easter and tours in the summer including alternate year foreign tour.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Cater for special dietary requirements
Dietary needs catered for
Nut allergy

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Average £30 Per day
Age Range
14 years to 21 years
  • Musical Instruments

CSYO is a unique youth orchestra, offering membership to students up to the age of 21. We have around 80 members aged between 13 and 21. Many of our older students are at college or university, training to be professional musicians. But we also have many students studying other subjects who want to keep performing at a high level. And we have plenty turning 22 who don’t want to leave!

We hold three courses a year which usually fall at the following times:

 Winter course - non-residential course, 27-30th December

Spring course – 5-day residential course immediately following Easter Monday

Summer course – 2 weeks at the start of school holidays. Non-residential and tour

 We appreciate that students may want to revise over the Easter holidays running up to exams. Our Spring course is specially designed to allow students to have at least 4 hours revision per day. To find out more - visit our Spring course page here.

Each Summer we go on tour, alternating between touring the UK and abroad. Previous tours have taken us to Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Spain, France, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands. We perform with internationally renowned soloists such as Nigel Kennedy, Peter Cropper, Matthew Barley and Natalie Clein. 

We perform in churches, on beaches, in continental village squares, in palaces (Palazzo Vecchio in Florence), imposing concert halls (Manuella Concert Hall in Granada) and even Roman Amphitheatres. We have played to audiences of over 5,000 people and been broadcast live on Radio across Europe.  

In 2005, we were honoured to be the first western Youth Orchestra to be invited to accompany the Bolshoi dancers performing Swan Lake in a Roman Amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia. The event was recorded by television crews from across the continent.

In 2016 we returned to France to perform in and around Normandy. 

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