County ensembles

County groups

We run a range of county-wide ensembles for pupils playing at advanced levels on their instrument. Players are typically of grade 6 standard and above, but the entry requirements for each group are slightly different.

The county groups offer students the highest level of performing opportunities with East Sussex Music, with performances at prestigious venues at home and abroad. County Groups have performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London as well as large venues in East Sussex. Recent tours have included France, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Finland.

When courses take place

Week-long (or longer) courses take place during our summer school in July. Some groups also have day-long weekend courses during term time.

Course costs

There is a charge for each individual course. Players from low income families (level 1 and 2) can get assistance with fees. Residential courses and tours have additional fees. These do not always offer our usual fee reductions for low income families, but we do everything we can to make sure everyone can take part.

Members usually attend every course but it is not essential. You may lose your place to another player if you do not keep up your membership.

Applying for membership

See details of who can apply in the information for each group.

You can apply for membership at any time, but we only hold auditions at certain times of the year.

You have to audition for the East Sussex Youth Orchestra. Other county groups operate differently, see their details.

County Groups Administrator:

Irene Shilling

01273 336787

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