Our Orchestras

Warrington Youth Orchestra consists of several ensembles suitable for different instruments and levels of playing.  We are keen to progress players from one ensemble to the next when they are ready, and new members will be entered into the appropriate section based upon ability and experience. We aim for all our players to experience the excitement of playing in an orchestra setting.

Strings section:
violin, viola, cello and double bass

Woodwind section:
clarinet, oboe, flute and bassoon

Brass section:
trumpet, cornet, French horn, trombone, tuba and percussion

Our Beginner Groups

The Beginner groups offer an ideal opportunity for youngsters to find out if they are interested in taking up a musical instrument.  Children are welcome to come along and try out different instruments to see if they might be interested in learning to play them.  There is no requirement for them to have even picked up an instrument before.

Children are welcome to attend with no obligation, and for the first six weeks no charges are made. We are keen to encourage as many children as possible to acquire a love of playing music.  We have a large selection of instruments of different sizes, and there is no need to buy an instrument to get involved.  For more information drop us a line, give us a call, or look at the ‘Take Part’ section of this website.

Our Beginner groups involve sessions lasting between 30 minutes to one hour on a Saturday morning.

All of our groups will have an opportunity to perform during the year, and we hope that members of these groups will go on to be members of our more advanced ensembles as they progress with their instrument.

Junior Strings

This ensemble is for string players who have progressed beyond Beginner Strings.  The aim is to inspire youngsters, with professional tuition and a repertoire of exciting and accessible music, including film music.

Pre-Chamber Strings

This is the first chance for our string players to enjoying playing together in a group.  The Pre-Chamber Strings ensemble is for players who have progressed beyond Junior Strings and are ready to tackle more challenging pieces.

Concert Band

This ensemble is for wind, brass and percussion players who have progressed beyond their beginner groups.  The aim is to inspire youngsters, with professional tuition and a repertoire of exciting and accessible music, including film music such as the theme from James Bond.

The Chamber Orchestra

This orchestra is for intermediate players, and contains a full range of orchestral and percussion instruments.  It aims to develop orchestral skills with an accessible repertoire, using arrangements of well known themes such as the Jurassic Park theme.

The Symphony Orchestra

This orchestra is for our most experienced and advanced players, and contains a full range of orchestral and percussion instruments. The repertoire is akin to that which would be played by an adult orchestra.