Join The People's Youth Orchestra
Play, Inspire, Achieve.
Are you a musician?
Are you passionate about playing music?
The People's Youth Orchestra needs you!
Start the New Year as part of a new exciting orchestra and breakthrough to the next level of orchestral brilliance. Perform film, tv, games and show music with great conductors at venues across the Midlands with The People’s Orchestra, The People's Show Choir and top professional musicians.
- No auditions required.
- Weekly rehearsals in Birmingham City Centre.
- All ages welcome.
- Saxophone section included.
- No grade certification required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Other orchestras have unusual instrumentation, so what makes this one any different?
By playing with The People's Orchestra you will be helping the charity change the lives of unemployed people in one of the most deprived areas of England. Our back to work programmes are very successful and we are delighted to see people who have helped host orchestra concerts go on to have successful careers.
Is The People’s Orchestra a charity?
Yes, it’s actually a Charity Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – a new type of charity. Fun fact: The People's Orchestra was the first orchestra to register as a CIO in the UK. * Charity number: 1151321
If I can’t make the next concert will I lose my place?
Nope, see you at the next one.
Do I have to attend every rehearsal?
No, we don’t mind if you miss a few rehearsals. We understand you may need to fit rehearsals around family life and work commitments, that’s fine.
At what level do I need to be to join The People’s Orchestra?
If you can play to a Grade 7 standard (or once did) and have good sight-reading skills we'd love you to try us out. No certificate needed. Just come along to one of our open rehearsals at Trefoil House, Birmingham City Centre, B1 1QL. If you enjoy playing with your section and the conductor is happy then we’ll welcome you into The People’s Orchestra. We also hold audition days - each audition lasts around 15 minutes and you'll be asked to sight-read and play a piece of music of your own choosing.
What are the fees and what do you get for your money?
Fees are £25 per month or £12 for students. Bursaries are available for unwaged or low-income earners. You’ll have access to 200+ hours per year of professionally-led music performance training, 4-8 shows, up to 12 community events and 2-6 recording days per year.