County Ensembles

About the County Ensembles 

Whilst many pupils’ first taste of ensemble membership is through Area Music Centres and school ensembles, for children that show exceptional musical promise the West Sussex Music County Ensembles provide the kind of personalised support and challenge that best nurtures this talent. 

The West Sussex County Ensembles perform in a variety of events at both local and national venues, participate in a prestigious national music festivals and go on a Overseas concert tour every two years – our next tour is in July 2018 to BELGIUM.

Alongside these prestigious performance opportunities, students benefit from learning from our specialist tutors, professional musicians and take part in a variety of exciting trips which in the past have included meeting members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Marines Band and soloists such as Nicola Benedetti. Like us on FacebookTwitter or follow our County Ensembles BLOG to stay up to date with what they're up to. You can also listen to some of our concert recordings via our Soundcloud page. 


The West Sussex Music County Ensembles provide advanced musicians with opportunities to develop their ensemble and performance skills through membership of one or more of the following ensembles

West Sussex Youth Choir - Open

West Sussex Youth Wind Orchestra - Grade 6+

West Sussex Youth Orchestra

  •  Strings - Grade 6+
  •  Woodwind  - Grade 7+ 

Applications for 2018-2019 season now open

If you are a motivated musician Grade 6 and above looking for your next challenge, we want to hear from you. Auditions will be held throughout June at the home of County Ensembles, The College of Richard Collyers. Successful applicants will be required to perform 2 unaccompanied pieces and undergo some technical exercises. 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED! For more information about auditions and available places please contact Arts Coordinator, Amy Duxbury

 Related Documents 

CLICK HERE for the Concert and Rehearsal Schedule for 2018-2019 




string ensemble, violin, viola, cello


  Performance Feedback

Unbelievably talented musicians, hard to believe they are a youth orchestra  - 15/07/2017

Amazingly awesome summer concert, so much hard work, talent & dedication on one stage!  - 15/07/2017

Congrats & thanks to the young musicians & staff for today's amazing concert. You're all stars!  - 15/07/2017

The most amazing concert by Well done  - 15/07/2017

It was an amazing show. Well done to everyone involved. - 15/07/2017

What an amazing show. I am totally in awe of every single performance this afternoon. Huge congratulations! - 15/07/2017

A fabulous concert! Am so grateful for all the hard work and encouragement from Team West Sussex Music- thank you! West Sussex is blessed to have you guys making music with our kids  - 15/07/2017

Thank you so much team WSMS. Our children are very fortunate to be part of such amazing ensembles. - 15/07/2017