Join The People's Youth Orchestra

Make Music, Change Lives

Are you a musician aged 11-25?

Would you like to get involved in game and film music projects?

The People's Youth Orchestra needs you!

When? Sundays 1:30pm-3:30pm

Where? Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR

Who? Musicians aged 11-25

What? A youth orchestra pushing musical boundaries and providing a platform to get involved in international projects both at home and abroad.

Why? Find where you fit in! The People's Youth Orchestra is a collective of musicians from all walks of life with one thing in common: a love of music.


Book your free taster session now! Simply fill out the contact form and we'll be in touch. Advanced players can also apply to be in The People's Orchestra.


Some of TPO's young players
Zoe and Harry from TPO at the last concert

Further information:

The People’s Youth Orchestra will have a repertoire primarily of game and film music with regular opportunities to perform alongside the advanced players of The People’s Orchestra and singers from The People’s Show Choirs. With the usual mix of world premieres, brand new compositions and the opportunities to perform live to film, The People’s Youth Orchestra have a busy season ahead.

Commonwealth 2022 Project:

The People’s Youth Orchestra will welcome young musicians invited from 53 sovereign Commonwealth states to Birmingham as part of our Commonwealth Games Cultural Events for Birmingham 2022 with return trips to New Zealand and Canada already scheduled.


  • No auditions required.
  • Weekly rehearsals in Birmingham City Centre.
  • All ages welcome.
  • Saxophone section included.
  • No grade certification required.

Not ready to jump in yet or have a question?

Feel free to come to rehearsals and see what it is all about.

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.

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