General information for prospective students

We welcome all young musicians who may want to join the bands and orchestras at HYM.
Entry is by audition, which is not as daunting as it sounds. It is how we determine whether you are suitable and which group will suit you best.
Existing students - if you know of anyone that may want to join, please bring them along for an audition.

Basic requirements

You need to be able to play your instrument and read music. If you are taking grade exams, that's great, but it is not essential.
HYM does not offer instrument tuition so you will probably be having lessons at school or privately.
What HYM does offer is ensemble playing, challenging music and plenty of concerts.

When to come?

New members are welcome at any time, but the beginning of a new year is the best time to join. Come along to Avanti at 6pm on Wednesdays, preferably informing us by email in advance.

Bring your instrument and some music that you are comfortable with playing.

When you have auditioned, you will probably be invited to spend the rest of the morning with a specific group to try it out to see if you enjoy it.
If you like it, you take home an enrolment form, you fill it in - and bring it with you when you come back next week!

Preparing for you audition

Auditions can be very stressful (particularly for parents!) so HYM makes every effort to be as friendly and informal as possible. We ask you to play a short unaccompanied piece (not too ambitious - something you are comfortable with), and then give you a little sight-reading.

Which Instruments?

Most wind and string instrument players are welcome at HYM.
This includes:    Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon
Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium / Tenor Horn, Tuba
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
We also have a limited number of places for percussionists. These are normally all allocated at the beginning of the academic year. If you are interested, come along in Sepetember - keep an eye on the web-site so you know when the term starts.

Currently we do not have a guitar group or keyboard/piano group.

Which group?

Younger students will be assigned to a band or orchestra that suits their age and ability.
All the HYM groups except the Philharmonic Orchestra meet on Wednesday evenings at Avanti House Secondary School.
Older students may need to audition at a Friday rehearsal with the Philharmonic Orchestra.

If you have any concerns, come along on a Wednesday evening during school term time for advice or send an email.
See our contact us page for details.