Central Music School (CMS)

Information about Senior Orchestras and how to apply

Symphony orchestras and wind orchestra opportunities for players of grade 5 standard and above meeting regularly on Saturday mornings in term time at the Centre for Music in Oxford.

Over 200 of dedicated young musicians in Oxfordshire meet every Saturday morning at Central Music School (CMS) to play with the county's top orchestras. The students work hard to rehearse challenging and exciting repertoire culminating in a series of concerts throughout the year.

Applications are now open for the 2023 - 2024 season.

Please sign up for your chosen ensemble using the links below. The dates the ensembles operate are listed within the application system.

Applications will be online only via our Information System.

Once your have registered your child to the appropriate orchestra, you will be contacted to arrange an audition if appropriate. This may apply in the case of oversubscribed sections.

Oxfordshire Youth Wind Orchestra (OYWO) for grades 5+

Oxfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra (OSSO) for grades 5+

Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra (OCYO) for grades 7+

When and where

Saturdays in term time from 9.15am until 12.45pm

Centre for Music
Bayswater Road


£135 per term invoiced twice a term at £67.50 per half term.

Minimum 30 sessions across the academic year.

For addition information, please contact the Music Service