City of Leeds Youth Music

ArtForms is proud to manage City of Leeds Youth Music Groups on behalf of the Leeds Music Education Partnership. They offer the highest level of music-making opportunities to children and young people in Leeds aged 19 and under.

Do you sing or play an instrument?  You could join one of our range of music groups for young people in Leeds! Scroll down and click on the group names to find the one for you.

All groups rehearse weekly in term-time. Members may have the opportunity to take part in concerts, festivals, residential courses, tours and other events.

City of Leeds Youth Orchestra and Leeds Youth Concert Band hold auditions in the summer term every year, but some other groups also reserve the right to audition if necessary.

If you would like to attend a trial rehearsal of any group before deciding whether to apply, please contact at least one week in advance of the rehearsal you plan to visit. (Please note visiting a rehearsal does not guarantee there will a space for you in the group.)

To join one of the CLYM groups, please complete and return a CLYM Enrolment Application Form 2016-17

If applying to audition for City of Leeds Youth Orchestra or City of Leeds Youth Wind Orchestra, please note auditions for September 2017 will take place in the summer term. A new application form will be released around Easter. (It is possible spaces for some instruments may become available mid-year so please contact us to check).

Please visit our CLYM Events and Performances page and check the calendar for opportunities to hear our groups perform.

Junior Groups

Leeds Schools’ Brass Band

Leeds Schools’ Choir

Leeds Schools’ String Orchestra


Intermediate Groups

City of Leeds Youth Training Wind Orchestra

City of Leeds Youth Training Orchestra 


Intermediate / Advanced Groups 

Leeds Youth Percussion Ensemble

Leeds Youth Choir


Advanced Groups

Roots Alive – Youth Folk Band

Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows

City of Leeds Youth Wind Orchestra

Leeds Youth Jazz-Rock Orchestra (LYJRO)

City of Leeds Youth Orchestra


Fees for 2016-17:

Subject to availability of funding, Leeds Music Education Partnership may offer a bursary of two thirds of the membership fee (up to a maximum of £100) to members who are experiencing financial hardship and are resident in, or attending an eligible school within, Leeds Metropolitan Area. If you are not automatically eligible, but are experiencing financial hardship, you may apply for a discretionary fee waiver. No one should be deterred from applying on grounds of cost.

If you would like more information, just email  or call the ArtForms office on 0113 3782850.  To view our current Child Protection policy please click here.


Affiliated Partner Ensembles

These groups are run by LMEP partner organisations. They are part of the CLYM family but have their own enrolment process and fees. Please follow the links for more information:

Leeds Youth Opera 

DJ School UK