Suffolk Youth Music

Details of our range of extra-curricular activities for young musicians, plus information about the County Ensembles advanced programme.

Suffolk Youth Music is an extensive programme of progressive extra-curricular activities for young musicians.

First Access Ensembles An excellent introduction to group music-making for beginners in their first year of learning.

Junior Programme

For young musicians who are at a standard equivalent to grade 1-3 and who might have already participated in a First Access Ensemble.
Intermediate Ensembles For instrumentalists and vocalists who play and sing at a standard equivalent to grade 3+.
Area Ensembles For advanced instrumentalists usually grade 5+. Ensembles include youth orchestras, jazz ensembles,  bands, and string ensembles.
County Ensembles Working to the most advanced standards, County Ensemble members are selected annually by audition from schools and colleges across the county.

You can view all the Suffolk Youth Music activities on the Suffolk Music Education Hub.

Download and read the Suffolk Youth Music Leaflet for 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 635KB).

Further information about County Ensembles

Our advanced programme of County Ensembles selects members annually by audition from schools and colleges across Suffolk and includes residential courses, rehearsals, and concerts.

In recent years ensembles have toured to Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Spain.

Regular performances take place at Snape Malting’s Concert Hall at Easter and in September and the Suffolk Youth Orchestra perform annually in the Aldeburgh Festival Prom series.

These young Suffolk musicians have justly earned a reputation for their professional approach and high standards of performing.

For some, these ensembles give valuable training before further study at University or Conservatoire and, eventually, a career as a professional musician. For others, for whom music will remain a source of leisure and personal achievement, they provide a rich store of memorable experiences.

Paying for an music activity

Find out how to pay for an activity quickly and easily online.