City of Leeds Youth Orchestra (CLYO)

Rehearsals are Fridays during term time, 6.45 – 9.15pm at Leeds City Academy

Please note, after the Easter holidays we will be rehearsing in a new venue: Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawsons Corner, Pudsey LS28 5TA.

CLYO performing in Leeds Town Hall with choirs from Leeds schools

CLYO is one of the leading City of Leeds Youth Music groups. The orchestra is conducted by Dougie Scarfe, and welcomes string, woodwind, brass and percussion players of Grade 6 to 8 level and above. Generally members are between 13 and 18 years old.

Auditions have already been held for entry in September 2016. However occasionally places do become available mid-year, so if you meet the entrance criteria and wish to apply please contact us and we will inform you whether a late audition is possible (if all seats in your instrumental section are full you may have to wait until 2017 to audition – details of the application process will be posted here around Easter 2017). For more information please contact ArtForms on 0113 378 2850 /

CLYO play the full range of symphonic repertoire and perform regularly in venues such as Leeds Town Hall. CLYO members also have the opportunity to go on tour every two years: in 2014 they visited Perugia in Italy; in 2016 the orchestra toured the Czech Republic.

CLYO is 50 years old in 2017! To celebrate they are performing a special programme at Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 26th March, for full details and to book tickets please click here

Visit the CLYM Events and Performances page and check for new posts on the ArtForms homepage to find out about upcoming performances from all our ensembles.