Bradford Youth Orchestra at Baildon

Rehearsals Saturdays 9am - 12 noon
Venue If you would like your child to join these on-line sessions please contact us on the email address above
Genres Youth Orchestra


Access to Current Members Area for Bradford Youth Orchestra 

Normally physical rehearsals are held each Saturday 9am – 12 noon at Titus Salt School

The Bradford Youth Orchestra is Bradford’s top youth ensemble, offering a fantastic opportunity for aspiring young musicians to play in a full symphony orchestra run by an experience and dynamic team of tutors. It is recognized for the high quality of its performances.

Audience feedback is always hugely positive, with comments about the energy of the orchestra and the vibrancy of their playing.

Conducted by Justin Fung, the orchestra regularly appear at venues around the Bradford District, including St. George’s Hall, and bi-annually tour abroad to great acclaim. This year they are visiting Germany as part of the Beethoven Festival.

The orchestra has also performed at Music for Youth events, including at Symphony Hall in Birmingham. One of the highlights was a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London in Music for Youth’s Schools’ Proms, where, as well as forming part of a massed performance with 600 players performing a folk inspired piece, they were also asked to play for the Last Night of the Proms part of the concert –  a real honour.

The Bradford Youth Orchestra takes part in many collaborative projects. Examples include working with the Southbank Sinfonia, a professional London orchestra, with Soul Band Normanton Street where they provided the backing for some of the songs on their new album and with Bollywood dancers for a vibrant rendition of Carmen; the Toreador’s Song.

In addition to regular performances and project work, the orchestra is continually developing the type of experiences it offers its players.

Past events include a flash mob to support the Healthy Heart campaign, large scale events where students presented their instruments to hundreds of primary school pupils and playing in Broadway shopping centre for BBC Music Day. This year the string section of the orchestra is working with an ex-leader of the orchestra who is now an international electric violinist and will perform Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Playing with the orchestra is a great opportunity for young musicians to work with a professional conductor on some great music. Repertoire ranges from classical pieces to musicals and film scores. Recent pieces have included Children of Sanchez, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Empire Strikes Back.

Many students from the orchestra have gone on to study music at conservatoire and university level.

Entry to the Bradford Youth Orchestra is by audition only, players of all orchestral instruments of Grade 5 and above.


The Bradford Youth Orchestra is holding auditions for students who are Grade 5 level and above on Saturday 26 June 2021 at Titus Salt School, Higher Coach Road, Baildon, Shipley, BD17 5RH.

(please note; we do not currently have any spaces for trumpets or trombones)

The Youth Orchestra is a vibrant body of young people, and provides creative opportunities outside the normal orchestra experience. As well as our regular concerts, featuring Classical and Film music, recent projects have included working with a soul band to provide backing on their album, and taking part in a documentary. The orchestra regularly performs as part of the Music for Youth festivals, and will tour Germany in July 2022.

If you would like your son/daughter to audition for a place, please complete and return the reply slip below. Applicants will be required to perform 2 contrasting pieces and will be given a piece of sightreading.

Please email the reply slip by Friday 11 June to . You will then be contacted with the time for your audition.  If you have any further queries, please contact Felicity French on the above email address or call 07582 109242.


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If you are already a member of a Music & Arts Service ensemble, please tell us which one


Music Group’s Dates 2020-21