Intermediate Christmas Song

It's Nearly Christmas (Click)

It's Nearly Christmas (Slow)

Advice for New Starters

The first rehearsal may seem a bit daunting, but don't worry - your child will be one of many also starting off on their musical journey. Remember to bring: - Instrument - Music Stand - Pencil - Money for Tuck (50p to £1) - Drink We do not encourage parents/guardians to stay as we have found that children settle better if left. We have a dedicated team in the Juniors to help new starters and will look after your child and facilitate making new friends. We have found that it doesn't take long for relationships to form.


We are always keen to hear from any parent that is interested in getting actively involved in Orchestra activities, which includes the Saturday morning parent rota (registration and tuck shop) and the logistics team that takes responsibility for all the practical arrangements at rehearsals and performances. Depending on the time you can dedicate on a weekly, monthly, termly or occasional basis please feel free to speak to Brian at any Saturday morning rehearsal. Alternatively, please use the contact form on the Home Page to let us know you are interested and we will get back to you. Our volunteers are a vital part of the Orchestra and cherish being able to help with their child's hobby and ambitions!

Parking at Cordwalles School

There is plenty of parking available in the car park to the left as you drive in. Please do not park in the right car park and take care as there will be people walking about.


Please be at rehearsal by 9:15 so that we can start promptly at 9:30. Make sure you have music/stand/pencil/drink/tuck money. If a child is not going to be able to make a rehearsal, then please give as much notice as possible using the Absence Form in the Members menu/Home Page. If a child falls ill during rehearsal they will be taken care of by one of our trained first-aiders. The parents/guardians will be phoned and, if necessary, ask to collect the child.

Music Scores

Your child will be provided with the music scores for the pieces she/he will be playing. These need to be looked after carefuly as they are expensive to obtain. If a piece is lost then we will replace it, but this will incur a charge of £5.


One of the highlights for all those involved in the Orchestra is watching them play in front of the public looking smart and sounding brilliant! It is therefore important that all children adhere to the dress code. Each child will be provided with a polo shirt in the colour of their section and should wear this with smart black trousers (not jeans), black socks and black shoes (not trainers).

CYWO Support Team

We have a large team of helpers drawn mostly from our member's parents and guardians. This team is essential to the smooth running of the Orchestra and provides assistance in the following roles: - Logistics: the percussion equipment needs moving at every rehearsal and for every playout - Librarians: responsible for managing the vast collection of musical pieces in the orchestra's repetiore - Tuck Shop: providing members with essential sustinance during their rehearsals! - Register: recording the ins and outs of over 100 members each rehearsal - Buddying: providing support to help make new friends and settle into Orchestra life As members move on to other things, so too do our helpers and there is always a need for more people to volunteer. If you would like to help out then please see the Information on Volunteering. It is a great way to feel part of the Orchestra and help out within a friendly group of like-minded people!

Cost & Payment

As at 1 September 2018 term fees are £70, which covers 10 rehearsals per school term, concerts and other performances. The term fee is reviewed annually by Surrey Arts, usually at the beginning of the Autumn Term, and parents are invoiced for direct payment to Surrey Arts.

CYWO Friends Committee

The Friends Committee meets once a term and is comprised of members of the Executive Committee and parents of orchestra members. The meetings review financial reports from our treasurer, previous executive meetings, past events, and plan the logistics for any upcoming events during the term. It reviews other matters that may be of interest to the Orchestra and the procedures we have in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of orchestra members. The Friends role in organising fund raising activities for the Orchestra, such as concerts and play-outs, enables essential purchases to be made for the Orchestra, such an new music and percussion equipment. Money raised also helps with the funding of additional music tutoring support, where extra help is required to meet the needs of the Orchestra.

How do I contact CYWO?

Please use the Contact form, which you will find on the Home Page. In an Emergency you can call Brian Hopper direct on 07803 702320


Links to Other Sites of Interest:

It's Nearly Christmas (Med)