Our Music Centres offer something for everyone, whatever your experience, age, instrument or musical interest!
Playing in a music group, band, ensemble or orchestra should be an enjoyable and positive experience that helps learners to make good musical progress. We are committed to supporting all young musicians to gain places in the groups that are most appropriate to their current age and stage of learning. If you would like some guidance about which music group(s) to apply for, please speak to your child’s teacher or contact email@example.com so we can discuss your needs and recommend the best group for your child.
The below information gives the recommended standard for each ensemble. However if a group has a vacancy for a specific instrument, young musicians may present a piece of a lower standard by prior agreement with BHMA. Most often this would be for young musicians who play bassoon, oboe, trombone, tuba, viola, cello or double bass. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss applying for music group, but have not yet reached the required standard.
2020 Audition Dates
Auditon Dates for the Summer Term will be announced towards the end of the Spring Term. Auditions usually take place at BHMA, County Oak Avenue over three or four evening sessions between 4-8.30pm. Once you have applied for your audition a BHMA staff member will get in touch regarding date/time/venue – we try our best to ensure your audition date does not clash with any other rehearsals or concerts. From time to time we are able to offer audition opportunities during the academic year so if you would like to join one of our City Ensembles please get in touch by calling 01273 261565 or emailing .
Please see application form link at the bottom of this page – please ensure you complete the Music Centre Application Form and include information about any music groups that you currently play with under Relevant Experience/Any Additional Information.
Requirements for each group:
Brighton Youth Orchestra (BYO)
For those auditioning for BYO please prepare a piece of your choosing from the grade 7 or 8 syllabus or equivalent. Also prepare 6 Scales/Arpeggios of your choice also from the grade 7 or 8 syllabus. During the audition you will be given a short piece of sight reading.
For existing members of BYO see below for information on seating auditions.
Brighton & Hove Youth Philharmonia (BHYP)
For those auditioning for BHYP please prepare a piece of your choosing form the grade 5 or 6 syllabus or equivalent. Also prepare 4 Scales/Arpeggios of your choice also from the grade 5 or 6 syllabus. During the audition you will be given a short piece of sight reading. For existing violin members of BHYP who would like to be considered for role of orchestra leader, please see below information on seating audition.
Brighton & Hove Junior Youth Orchestra (BHJYO)
Players who have reached a minimum standard of Grade 3 will not be required to audition but will be offered a place based on their music centre application. For existing violin members of BHJYO who would like to be considered for the role of orchestra leader, please see below information on seating audition.
Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band (BHYBB)
For those auditioning for Big Band please prepare to give a fluent performance of your own choice of two contrasting pieces from the grade 6 or above syllabus and length up to 5 minutes. There are no scale requirements but please prepare for a short piece of sight reading during the audition.
Brighton & Hove Youth Wind Orchestra (BHYWO)
For those auditioning for BHYWO please prepare to give a fluent performance of your choosing from the grade 5 or above syllabus and length up to 5 minutes. Also prepare 2 Scales and 2 Arpeggios of your choosing in the grade 5 or above syllabus. During the audition you will be given a short piece of sight reading.
Seating Audition (BYO, BHYP, BHJYO)
Seating auditions are for those already in BYO who would like to progress in the section or for violinists in BHYP and BHJYP who would like to be considered for the role of orchestra leader.
Please prepare one piece that shows you at your best (no accompanist) and note that you will be given a short piece of sight reading during your audition. Also prepare 2 Scales and Arpeggios of your choice (demonstrating current abilities and the extreme levels of your range) - Length of audition will be up to 10 minutes.
For more information on the benefits, responsibilities of seating auditions please follow this link.
To apply for a seating audition please email stating your full name, instrument you play and which group you would like to request an audition for.