City of Leeds Youth Music

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.

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

All groups rehearse weekly during term-time. Members may have the opportunity to take part in concerts, festivals, residential courses, tours and other events. Please visit our CLYM Events and Performances page and check the calendar for opportunities to hear our groups perform. City of Leeds Youth Orchestra and City of Leeds Youth Wind Orchestra hold auditions in the summer term every year, but some other groups also reserve the right to audition if necessary.

There’s still time to join a non-auditioned CLYM group for the summer term 2016-17. 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.) If you decide to join you will need to complete and return a CLYM Enrolment Application Form 2016-17 – fees are charged pro rata by term for members who join mid-year.

Enrolment and Auditions 2017-18

Auditions for September 2017 entry to City of Leeds Youth Orchestra and City of Leeds Youth Wind Orchestra will take place on Saturday 24th June at Pudsey Civic Hall. To apply, please complete and return a CLYM Enrolment Application Form 2017-18 – please read the audition criteria and requirements on page 3 carefully before submitting your application (and remember to send to our new address! See below). The application deadline for auditions is Friday 26th May 2017. (If you wish to join a non-auditioned group in September 2017, please complete the same form and return at any time prior to the start of the autumn term).

Fees for 2017-18:

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.

Please note, from April 2017 all City of Leeds Youth Music (CLYM) Groups which formerly rehearsed at Leeds City Academy will rehearse at Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawson’s Corner, Pudsey LS28 5TA. (CLYM groups not currently based at Leeds City Academy will not be affected). Our phone numbers and email addresses won’t change, but the ArtForms office team will also move to Pudsey so please note the new address if returning enrolment forms through the post. There is plenty of car parking (some parents may need to request a free permit if arriving before 5pm), we’re on several bus routes and a short walk from New Pudsey railway station. Rehearsal times for some groups will change as a result of the move – please click on your group name below to check for any changes.


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


If you would like more information about any aspect of CLYM groups, 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