Music Services

Cumbria Youth Orchestra

Cumbria Youth Orchestra is a group of young musicians of around grade 4-8 standard. We play a huge variety of orchestral music with a new young professional conductor, Fredrik Holm. Rehearsals are supported by our team of specialist professional tutors.

Join us to discover the excitement of creating live music with other young musicians. If you want to perform in a variety of musical settings, improve your ensemble skills and raise the level of your playing we’d love to hear from you.

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 Dates 2022/3


Sundays 10.30am-4pm 

22 January

12 February

19 March

23 April

25 June

2 July (Rehearsal and Concert)


2 July 2023

2 December 2022 6pm Kendal Leisure Centre (with WYO)

5 December 2022 7pm St John the Evangelist Carlisle (with WYO

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Trinity School, Carlisle

Strand Rd, Carlisle 

Membership Fees

Annual Membership: 

£20 enrolment fee. Your membership is subsidised by the DfE Music Education Hub fund allocated to Music Services as the lead for the Music Hub.

Fee Remissions: 

Pupils in receipt of Free School Meals are entitled to a 50% discount on fees, while all Looked After Children can attend free of charge. 


We will take your payment for the Annual Fee via the Stripe Payment gateway. If you need an alternative way to pay, please contact us

How to join

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  • Apply via our online form. 
  • Registration for Ensembles is renewed each academic year. 


Can I join later in the year? Yes, we accept applications throughout the year and welcome new players into our groups throughout the year.


Where can I find out more information?  Telephone: 01228 226846

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Fredrik Holm: Conductor


This is Fredrik. He is a musician, composer, conductor and teacher. He works closely with a number of local organisations – the International School of Awareness, Westmorland Youth Orchestra, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, the U3A and the Lancaster Community Music Centre. Fredrik has a studio at the Storey in Lancaster where he offers a range of exciting activities that promote the living of a more peaceful and joyful life.

Christmas Extravaganza!

Join CYO to enjoy a Christmas Extravaganza in the Lakeland Leisure Centre in Kendal on Friday 2 December and in Carlisle on Monday 5 December. This is a collaboration with The Westmorland Youth Orchestra and 10 local primary schools.

July 2022 Concert

In 2021/22 Cumbria Youth Orchestra worked together with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform a concert of pieces including the Cumbria Share Sound compositions written as part of the Orchestras Live project for young composers.