Who can join?

We have four sections, currently best described as friendly ensembles (grades are approximate). 

String Orchestra

For those from P4 who have completed their first year of lessons, and who may be between Grade 1 and Grade 2/3.

Wind Ensemble

For beginners up to Grade 4 wind instruments.   

Concert Orchestra

For all instruments, for those at Grade 3 - 5.

Symphony Orchestra

For all instruments from Grade 5 upwards. Players are usually at secondary school.

 There are sometimes short waiting lists for our groups but vacancies can also depend on which instrument you play. For more information about joining any of these groups please contact our membership secretary.

What do we do?

We have four orchestral groups who meet every Thursday evening to practise during the two school terms from August to Easter Time.

We have four groups covering all orchestral instruments as well as a few other instruments. Each group caters for different abilities so that our players can experience the fun of playing their instruments in a group situation from an early stage in learning their instrument. 

We usually play two concerts, at Christmas and Easter time. We also sometimes play extra concerts, for example our Symphony Orchestra played at the NAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music (RSAMD) and our Concert Orchestra played at Mugdock Country Park bandstand in June 2009.

Players may have the opportunity to perform solos and suitable combinations of players are encouraged to form small groups such as a string or woodwind quartet.

Where and when do we meet?

We meet on Thursday evenings at Douglas Academy (accessed off Craigton Road), Milngavie, from the start of the school year until Easter.

To access a Google Map of the location of Douglas Academy click here

The orchestras meet at 7pm and rehearse until 8:30pm.

It is important that everyone arrives early and in ime to start rehearsing at 7pm promptly please.

How much will it cost?

Fees are £65 per year. Families with more than one child in the orchestra pay £65 for the first child and £45 for subsequent children.

Cheques are payable to "Bearsden and Milngavie Youth Orchestra" and please write your child's name and orchestra name on the back.

How do I join?

New members are always welcome!

We occasionally have short waiting lists for some of our groups, but we can nearly always find a home for a keen youngster. For more information, please email our membership secretary.

For more information or come along to a rehearsal evening. Members old and new should fill in the Registration Form which is available by clicking here and should be handed in completed at your first night of the year.