Wakefield Youth Orchestra was established in 1975. More recently, it has continued to be an exciting outstanding premiere group under the directorship of Nick Meredith.
The Orchestra performs two major concerts per year, November and July. The November concerts have in the past taken place at such venues as Bretton Hall, Castleford Civic Centre and Ossett Town Hall but more recently in order to accommodate a larger audience the venue has been Wakefield Cathedral.
In the summer the Orchestra undertake a two day full time non-residential course at Manygates Music Centre where students attended during the day. This ‘Summer School’ environment encourages socialising and has allowed the students to work intensively in a musical environment with staff from the Music Service and with high calibre professional musicians.
Entry to the Orchestra is generally by audition and/or recommendation by their instrumental teacher or Music Centre staff. Students also natuarally move up from Wakefield Youth Training Orchestra which provides a natural progression route.
Rehearsals take place at Manygates Music Centre on Friday evenings between 6 – 8pm during term time.