The County music ensembles build on and extend the opportunities available in Hampshire’s 50 area groups. County ensembles provide very high quality performing opportunities for Hampshire’s most able young musicians. Each group has a full schedule of rehearsals and concerts and a high level of commitment is required. You are welcome to visit rehearsals for any of these ensembles before deciding whether to apply.
Membership is open to young people up to the age of 19, who are in full-time education at school/college/home. Priority will be given first to Hampshire residents, and then to non-Hampshire residents attending Hampshire schools and colleges. You may apply for membership on more than one instrument. Please complete a separate form for each instrument. You may also apply for membership of more than one ensemble. Please indicate in order of preference the ensemble for which you are applying, by numbering the relevant boxes overleaf (1 is first choice).
Ensemble membership is charged per term. From September 2018 county ensemble membership is £38 per term; area ensemble membership is £28. If your child is a member of one or more ensembles you will only pay one termly fee, e.g. a member of an area and county ensemble will only pay one fee of £38 per term. Hampshire Jazz charges a rate of £10 per session and they have around four sessions per term.