City of Leeds Youth Orchestra (CLYO)

Please note that City of Leeds Youth Orchestra rehearsals are cancelled until further notice due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

CLYO is a 100-strong group of young orchestral musicians playing at the highest standards. The orchestra is conducted by Dougie Scarfe, and welcomes string, woodwind, brass and percussion players of approximately Grade 6 standard and above. Generally members are between 13 and 18 years old. 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 2016 the orchestra toured the Czech Republic, and in July 2018 they visited Italy. The orchestra recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a celebration concert in Leeds Town Hall.

Entry is by audition only and these usually take place in June for entry the following September. 

Conductor: Dougie Scarfe

Check out our new CLYM Resources page for ideas and information for CLYM members during lockdown!

Unfortunately the auditions for next year’s City of Leeds Youth Orchestra and City of Leeds Youth Wind Orchestra have had to be delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. Please be assured that we will hold auditions again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about the auditions, or to express an interest in auditioning when we are able to arrange it, please contact Catherine at Please note that an expression of interest does not count as an application, and will not affect your child’s chances of gaining a place. All information about the CLYM auditions will still be released publicly on our website and social media when the time comes.

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