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String Ensembles

We have two string ensembles, the Dorset Youth Starter Strings and the Dorset Youth String Ensemble.

The Dorset Youth Starter Strings (DYSS) is specifically for young string players to develop their new skills whilst having fun playing together with friends. This is open to all young players who are having lessons on violin, viola, cello or double bass. The Dorset Youth String Ensemble (DYSE) offers more advanced string players the opportunity to experience a wider range of music relevant to their interests and enjoyment.

Season 2013/14

String Players

Depending on your standard of playing you can progress through the following ensembles:

  • Dorset Youth Starter Strings (Grade 1+) *
  • Dorset Youth String Ensemble (Grade 4+) *
  • Dorset Apprentice Orchestra (Grade 4/5) *
  • Dorset Youth Orchestra (Grade 6+) *

* Please note that grades are only an indication of the standard required.

County Group Rehearsal Dates & Times

All rehearsals are held at Bovington Park (formerly Bovington Middle School) and are for half days.

  • 8 September 2013
  • 29 September 2013
  • 20 October 2013
  • 17 November 2013
  • 1 December 2013
  • 19 January 2014
  • 9 February 2014
  • 2 March 2014
  • 23 March 2014
  • 12 & 13 April 2014 (with the option of an overnight stay at Bryanston School)


13:30 - 16:30

Dorset Youth String EnsembleDorset Youth Starter Strings

Easter Rehearsals

The season will end with a two day rehearsal during the Easter holidays.  On Saturday 12 April there will be a full day rehearsal at Bovington Park (a packed lunch will be required) followed by a full day rehearsal at Bryanston School on Sunday 13 April (lunch and an evening meal will be provided).  A concert will end the weekend and season at The Coade Hall Theatre, Bryanston School on the Sunday evening.  An option is available to turn the weekend into a residential for an additional charge which includes transport from Bovington Park - Bryanston School, an evening meal on the Saturday night, accommodation and breakfast on the Sunday morning. 

Membership Costs

CostsOne County EnsembleTwo County Ensembles
Standard Cost£115.00£165.00
With Easter weekend as a residential£150.00£200.00

Membership Application

Please complete the County Ensemble Application Form if you are interested in joining a County Ensemble.  Groups with entry standards of grade 4 or above will require an audition.   


Membership to a County Ensemble provides you with eleven rehearsals and at least one performance opportunity during the year. There is a reduction for membership to two groups (excluding the Dorset Youth Orchestra and Dorset Youth Voices). There is a remissions policy (pdf, 35kb) (opens in a new window)  that supports families in hardship and 'The Richard Ely Trust' (opens in a new window)  regularly supports membership of County Ensembles for Dorset's young people. Please contact the Dorset Music Service should you require assistance. Membership fees will be collected on or before the first rehearsal.

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