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Cheque Presentation

Rod Goodier - Chairman of the Rotary Club
Vocational Committee Presents 2017 Sponsorship Cheque

20th Anniversary Concert - November 2014
String Players

Violin & Cello Players

Percussionists Percussion (Left) and String Players (and one Trombonist) Group
Strings again String Players (left) and Clarinets (right) Clarinets
Michael & Jayne

Michael, Jayne, Jake & Steve


Trombone Ben

Trustees Helen & Alistair

Joe Hearson
Sold Out !

Concert "Sold Out"

Wonderful Raffle Prizes

Raffle Prizes
Bridgewater Hall Visit - April 2014
We Arrive at the Artists' Entrance We Arrive



Welcome from Bryony Bell Ice Breaker - Rhythm Game using Shoes !
Instructions from Hannah  
Clarinets Warm Up
Our Percussionist did a Great Job  
String Sectional with Kate
Breathing Exercises  
Flutes Warm Up

Relaxing with Friends after Lunch

Ready for Next Session

Steinway Piano for our Rehearsals and a View of the Beautiful Interior - Wonderfully Inspiring



































































































Members of the Congleton Youth Orchestra string section took part in the Sandbach Concert Series "Spotlight" event on Wednesday last, 27th February, following workshops with members of the Northern Chamber Orchestra. This event was sponsored by the Love Music Trust and also involved members of the String Sinfonia.

They played music from the Holberg Suite by Greig and even though they had only rehearsed together on two occasions, they played to an extremely high standard and were well received by an appreciative audience.

The Trustees of the Congleton Youth Orchestra are delighted to be working in partnership with the Love Music Trust, and hope to be able to offer their musicians similar opportunities in the future.









To Celebrate 15 years of CYO we started a BRAND NEW initiative in 2009 aimed at complete novices - we offer FREE tuition and FREE Instrument Loan
(subject to membership of the Orchestra and Availability of instruments)


Rotary Cheque Presentation
Rotary President - Paul Hughes - Presenting the Proceeds of the 2012 Concert to Eddie Garrard and some of this year's musicians who are leaving to go to University in the Autumn.


Rotary Concert - Congleton Town Hall
31st March 2012

This year's Rotary Concert was held at Congleton Town Hall for the first time for many years.

Over 80 musicians took part, including the string and woodwind training groups.

This was the first time they had been included with the Senior Orchestra and it was extremely successful and will be repeated at the Summer Concert.

Hannah Donkin - Soloist

The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue performed by returning CYO Member

~ Hannah Donkin ~

She received a standing ovation for a brilliant performance, along with the orchestra who also delighted the audience with their playing.

Soloist - Hannah Donkin
Our Distinguished Guests with our Young Stars !
Intermediate Strings and Woodwind Groups
A few of the Senior Orchestra












































BT Cheque Presentation


Paul Rowlands presents B.T. Community Champions Award cheque to
Musical Director, Eddie Garrard.
Family Christmas Concert - December 11th 2010

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Christmas Party Photographs on Social Activities Page












Pesentation to Lady Winterton

To Mark her retirement as Patron of the Orchestra after 16 years, Lady Winterton was presented with a specially commissioned Minton Hollins ceramic tile tray produced by Johnson Tiles, by Leader of the Orchestra, Hannah Boulton at their Concert on 21st November 2010

November 2010


One of our Training Group Bassoon Players took part in the BIG DOUBLE REED DAY at the Barbican in London on Sunday, 9th October 2010.
Group Session Wow - It's bigger than her ! More Concentration

Our Training Group Member, Alice, was accompanied on the trip by her Mum and Woodwind Tutor, Judith Hearson.

Alice was so excited about the whole day that she is already talking about going again next year !!

Deep Concentration

The event was run in association with ABRSM, BDRS, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Crowthers of Canterbury, Croydon Music and Arts, Fox UK, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Howarth of London, June Emerson Wind Music, Junior Guildhall, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Merton Music Foundation

Last year it was a bassoon-only day when there were 100 participants, but this year at least 150 bassoons and 100 oboes took part with musicians travelling from all over the country to attend.  Activities included Masterclasses, Reed Classes, an opportunity to try the Cor/Contra/Baroque Oboe/Baroque Bassoon, along with  Solo Recitals and Massed Double Reed Ensembles.







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Christmas Party - 19th December 2009

Sam & Friends

Oops !
Crackers !

Friends together

What a Mess - But Fun ! Balloons Galore

Junior Strings

Michael & Streamers Wind Group

Older Members


Strings Presentation Glynn & Anna






























Intermediate Woodwind Group at the Buglawton Church Breakfast - Saturday 5th December 2009
Buglawton Breakfast 1
Our new conductor !
Total concentration
Nowell Noel
Bit of Glitter Helps
Anna & Izzie A Solo Performance on Trumpet





We were invited to take part in the 150 year Celebrations of this beautiful National Trust Property

Eddie conducts Biddulph Grange Prepare to Play

Cellist Goes A.W.O.L.

Our Cellist gets a little "caught up"


Biddulph Concert

Tuba man



The Orchestra were invited to perform wth Rode Hall Silver Band at the British Legion Remembrance Concert at Congleton Town Hall on Saturday 25th October 2008.
They played alone during the second half of the evening, and then combined with the Band for the Finale. They received rapturous applause from the audience for a wonderful performance.
Strings Section
Poppy Appeal More Strings
Woodwind & Strings
British Legion Concert Audience at British Legion Concert
Atmosphere !
Judith Hearson Conducts
Preparing Rehearsals Flute Section



Congleton Carnival - July 2008





Conducting Carnival Gig


Study in  Concentration
Percussion Perspective
In Conference ?

CYO & Friends



CYO In Action

Orchestra Awaits Judging of Fancy Dress









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Germany 2007

The Orchestra embarked on their first ever European Tour in April 2007. They travelled by coach to Dover, ferry to Calais, and then on to Germany.

The coach company was Bostocks Coaches of Congleton, very well known and highly respected in and around Cheshire.


CYO & Bostocks Coach

The travel company responsible for all the concert and itinerary arrangements were NST Music Tours,, who are based in Blackpool and are very experienced in organising tours for schools / youth orchestras

We stayed at Hotel Bad Wildstein, 56841 Traben-Trarbach - - which is situated in a peaceful setting approximately 4km from Traben Trarbach in the centre of an important wine growing area between Bernkastel and Cochem. To the south lies the Roman city of Trier, with Koblenz to the north.

Hotel Bad Wildstein

We performed three concerts while in Germany. The first on Tuesday 3rd April at Zeltingen Rachtig commencing at 8pm. Wednesday 4th April saw us performing at Karpark Bad Neuenahr at 3pm and on Thursday 5th April the last concert on the itinerary was at Grosser Kursaal Bad Bertrich. Friday 6th April we departed on the homeward journey back to Congleton.

Our concert programmes included a selection of music with a European flavour includinge a very English composition by Vaughan Williams - English Folk Song Suite. To give a European flavour we included Charpentier's "Te Deum" which is more popularly known as the Eurovision Theme music. Highlights from "Harry Potter" were included along with "Symphonic Reflections" by Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Beethoven was included with the Finale from Symphony No. 5. Especially requested by our German hosts - A Touch of Jazz by Duke Ellington, along with Broadway Tonight! and a Tribute to Lerner & Loewe. Something for a variety of tastes. In all the orchestra performed 14 pieces of music at the three venues

This is the first picture to come through from the party in Germany.

It is a photograph of the Concert at Bad Neuenahr which took place at 15.00 hrs on Wednesday 4th April 2007.

Bad Neuenahr Concert

However, it wasn't all hard work. There was some sightseeing too.

German Group 3



German Group4





These pictures were taken on the last day - 5th April 2007 and before their final Concert.

Go to the Members' Page for the full picture album of the Tour.
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The orchestra also visited Cochem Castle, situated on the top of a hill some 100 metres above the beautiful River Moselle for one of their excursions.

Cochem Castle

Something that amused and delighted the members was a visit to Siegfrieds Mechanical Musikkabinett which is situated in Rudesheim. Here they spent some of their free time viewing all the wonderful exhibits.

Siegfrieds Musikkabinett

Last, but certainly not least, was a River Cruise to Rudesheim.



The tour has been subsidised by various organisations, including Congleton Town Council /Congleton Inclosure Trust / Congleton Town Trust / Congleton Young People's Trust / Congleton Twinning Committee / Congleton Carnival Committee and the Eastern Cheshire NHS Primary Care Trust, along with money from the orchestra's own funds.

We are most grateful to all our sponsors for their support.
We are proud to be representing Congleton Borough



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