Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra

Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra is a full symphonic wind orchestra with over 50 talented young woodwind, brass and percussion players from all parts of Surrey. The orchestra performs a wide variety of music – ranging from original wind orchestra works, including commissions from composers such as Stephen Dodgson, Michael Ball and Nigel Hess, to lighter film and seasonal music.
The orchestra gives one or two concerts each term and has performed at concert venues throughout Surrey including G Live, Epsom Playhouse, Farnham Maltings, and Dorking Halls plus major London venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican.

SCYWO rehearses on Friday evenings (term time) at George Abbot School, Burpham near Guildford, 6.45-9pm.


4 reasons to join the Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra

1. Represent the county

2. Play with other talented instrumentalists

3. Learn and develop playing and performing techniques from highly experienced conductors and tutors

4. Perform and tour in iconic venues in the UK and across Europe


How do I become a member of SCYWO?

Players should be under 21 and of approximately Grade 6 standard or above

Complete the online application form at
You will then be invited for an audition when you will be expected to play two contrasting piece, a few scales and some sightreading.

Auditions take place throughout the year.


Conductor and Tutors

More about our conductor and tutors soon.


SCYWO repertoire is very varied and includes original wind compositions, transcriptions/arrangements of orchestral compositions, light music, and popular film/seasonal pieces. We have also commissioned many original compositions from composers such as Stephen Dodgson, Michael Ball, Gareth Giles, Scott Stroman and Nigel Hess.


Concerts and events

Concerts are scheduled for autumn, spring and summer terms.

Tickets are available from Surrey Arts on 01483 519307 and on the door.

SCYWO rehearsal and concert schedule for autumn term 2017 – scywo-autumn-2017-rehearsal-co




How we sound

A short clip of the orchestra performing Festivo by Edward Gregson


The Gallery

SCYWO @ George Abbot

SYWO @ Dorking Halls



Many of our members audition successfully for the National Youth Wind Orchestra and National Children’s Orchestras. Quite a number also go on to study music at college or university and become professional musicians.

Perhaps more importantly, the majority join local bands and orchestras years after leaving SYWO with playing their instrument remaining an important part of their lives.

50th Anniversary Concert

Contact us

For further information about SCYWO and how to join, please contact Alison Harding:

01483 519307