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Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchstra (GYWO)

GYWO is now recognised and one of the country’s top youth wind bands after performances at Music for Youth’s National Festival in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014  2016 and 2018.  In April 2014, 2016 and 2017 the band represented Gloucestershire at the National Concert Band Festival finals where they were awarded a Gold Performance Certificates.  In July 2019 the Band will be joining the youth orchestra and strings for a tour of Belgium.


Students wishing to join should display a fun and committed attitude and be fully involved in the bands rehearsal and concert commitments.  An 8/10 attendance at rehearsals is required.

Statement for all County Music Groups regarding membership

Grades are only a guide to the level required.  More important is a strong commitment and positive attitude alongside good sight reading and general musicianship skills. Teachers may recommend students for a specific group but the Musical Director has the final decision to whether a student is ready for entry into an ensemble.  Once you have gained a place in one of the county music groups, you will be required to maintain a high percentage of attendance at rehearsals and concerts.  A place within an ensemble maybe withdrawn if commitment is deemed unsatisfactory. You can audition and join at any point throughout the year.  If a group is preparing for a concert or festival, you may be asked to wait a few weeks before joining.

Student led

GYWO is there for you.  You will be encouraged to make a positive contribution to the choice of music and your views and opinions can always be expressed through our student council.   

Listen to us

Follow the links below to YouTube for our performances at the Music for Youth National Festival 2013, Cheltenham Town Hall 2014 and Music for Youth National Festival 2018.


Grade 6 + or grade 5 by teacher recommendation.



Thursdays from 7 - 9pm (term time only)

Rehearsals are during term time only.  Please check the full rehearsal schedule on the GM calendar.

GYWO rehearsal and concert schedule 2018/19




10, 17, 24, 31


13, 20, 27


7, 14, 28


4, 11, 18


7, 14, 21


1, 8, 15, 22, 29






2, 9, 16, 23




6, 13, 20, 27

Concerts Thursday 25th Oct.  Cheltenham Remembers Concert at the Cheltenham Town Hall.

Sunday 25th Nov.  All Saints Academy School full day with times TBC. Sunday 2nd December.  Concert with GJL youth groups at the Stroud Subscription Rooms.

Saturday 2nd March.  Royal Marines workshop, Sir Thomas Rich’s School, 1 – 7pm.

Sun 3rd March.  MFY Regional Festival, Cheltenham Town Hall.

Sat 29th June.  Afternoon concert at the Pittville Pump Room with BMC and FDAWB. 1pm.

w/b Monday 1st July. 

Music for Youth National Festival (if selected to perform). Thurs 25th - Mon 29th July. 

5 day tour of Belgium.  GYO / GISE / GYWO.


For details of costs and how to join click here


Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra is held at:

St Peter's High School, Stroud Road, Gloucester. GL4 0DD

Tel:           Steve Legge, Director: 01452 330300

Email:       steve.legge@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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