Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra course

Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra (AYO) holds an annual course locally for two years and as a tour abroad every third year:


The next Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra course will take place in Belgium from 20th to 26th June 2018. The course provides an opportunity for young musicians to gain orchestral experience.

Rayburn Tours are organising the trip and are ABTA bonded and ATOL protected. 

There will be two performances in Belgium as well as a concert in Aberdeenshire on our return. Rehearsals will take place in Inverurie on 9th and 10th June 2018. We do not offer accommodation for the rehearsals.

Who can apply

The 2018 course is now closed for applications.

You can apply for the Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra course if you have achieved or are working towards Grade 5 standard. We will offer applicants an audition.


If you are invited for audition please prepare an unaccompanied piece of your choice and one excerpt from the our orchestral excerpt list:

How to apply

The cost of the course is £595 and includes coach travel, ferry, accommodation and meals on a half-board basis. There is a contingency for unplanned additional costs. The price depends on passenger numbers and may be adjusted if there are not enough numbers. 

View payment amounts and due dates:

  • £125 following a successful audition
  • Full balance due ten weeks prior to departure

You can apply to Future Talent and the Mary Salmond Trust for funding.

Apply for Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra online 

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