Official City of Coventry Youth Orchestra

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The City of Coventry Youth Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012. It has steadily grown in reputation and stature over the years both nationally and internationally.

They have undertaken many concert tours to countries as diverse as Austria, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, the former Yugoslavia and California.

To extend the musical experience of its members, the orchestra commissions new works and engages guest soloists as funds allow. Over the years the orchestra has been coached by players from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to its concerts in Coventry, the orchestra is also performing this season in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, The Arts Centre, University of Warwick, and The Parish Church of All Saints, Royal Leamington Spa. Brian Chappell is in his 28th season as conductor/director and is assisted in the running of the orchestra by Barbara Donaldson. A team of players/teachers provide specialist input at rehearsals.

The orchestra is managed by a committee of parents and former members who promote the orchestra, provide assistance at rehearsals and concerts and raise funds.

The orchestra is a registered charity and is in partnership with the Performing Arts Service. PAS is a non-profit organisation, managed under Services for Schools as part of the Children, Learning and Young People’s Directorate of Coventry City Council.