The BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRA is open to students in Buckinghamshire aged up to 19 who play at Grade 7 level or above. The programme is designed to be accessible to students from Buckinghamshire who have begun their first year of undergraduate study as well as those of school age. It is therefore playing full orchestral repertoire in challenging and committed programmes that will culminate with concerts and tours where the standard will be at a professional level. This therefore requires those joining to be fully committed to all the season dates.
The prospectus and application for the 2015.16 season is on the downloads page. The equivalent for the 2016.17 season will be posted here after Easter.
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE – this group is for senior wind players who want to challenge themselves in an ensemble where every player is a soloist. With one player per part, they perform both arranged and specifically composed repertoire from a range of genres. The musical director is Phillip Scott who also directs the National Youth Wind Ensemble. Prospectus and application form are available on the downloads page.
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE YOUTH GUITAR ENSEMBLE – an opportunity for the best young guitarists from across the County to develop their skills and musicianship to the highest levels. The group will explore repertoire from some of the finest composers of our time and will commission new work. Prospectus and application form are available on the downloads page.
BLTM is keen to promote meaningful leadership opportunities for young people. This programme will provide excellent young musicians in the county the opportunity to achieve ArtsAward at Bronze, Silver or Gold level, which are comparable awards to GCSE and A-Level qualifications. For more information, please visit www.artsaward.co.uk.
To apply for the Student Leadership programme, students will need to complete a formal application and be willing to make a significant contribution to music-making in the county. Application forms are available on the downloads page.
BLTM operates an Instrumental Hire scheme that is open to all young musicians in Buckinghamshire. Priority is given to members of our Music Centres and children having lessons with our teachers but is also open to students of other teachers where instruments are available. We are also aiming to have a catalogue of available instruments online for all Hub members to access by September 2016. In the meantime please contact the Music Service to request an instrument hire and we will be able to tell you if we have one available.
All our Music centres are co-located with schools but in both Aylesbury and High Wycombe we have sole use of facilities that can be used by community groups at certain times. In particular, there are some day-times, Saturday afternoons, Sundays and during holiday periods there are opportunities for groups to hire these facilities at competitive rates for musical and other arts activities. Priority will be given to community groups and those affiliated to the BMEH. Please contact the Music Service to enquire about availability and hire charges.
BLTM is the core organisation of the Bucks Music Education Hub and as such supports and co-ordinates a number of community projects. Details of these can be found on the News feed and the events and Projects page of the BMEH site.