UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra - UC CYO

The UC CYO is the flagship ensemble of the Christchurch School of Music, made up of top young musicians aged 25 and under.

UC CYO Experience 

Young people inspired through shared musical performance.

Meet the Orchestra

The Orchestra - Our Players
Conductor - Helen Renaud
Manager - Jo Vergeer

Concert programme  2019

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Concert 1   11 May
Concert 2    10 August
Concert 3    12 October
Concert 4    30 November

UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra presents “ Peter and the Wolf ”

 Concert Four  ----  Saturday 30 November 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

McCombs Performing Arts Centre, Cashmere High School, 172 Rose St, Christchurch


A concert for the whole family, featuring an eclectic programme of music by our talented young musicians. First up is Peter and the Wolf by Serge Prokofiev, a symphonic fairytale for children that introduces them to the instruments of the orchestra through characters of the story. Narrated by orchestra member, Dean Holdaway this will be a crowd favourite.

The Typewriter by Leroy Anderson features an unusual percussion instrument as soloist, the old fashioned typewriter! Considered by some to be one of "the wittiest and most clever pieces in the orchestral repertoire" this piece is always great fun to perform and listen to.

The UC CYO Concert Band will perform Riverdance arranged by Bill Whelan which will highlight all the great Celtic melodies from the well known show.

Finally the concert brings together the two genres of symphony and pop with the first movement from Concerto for Group and Orchestra written by Jon Lord and Ian Gillan of Deep Purple fame. This piece was first performed by Deep Purple and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Arnold on 24 September 1969.

An exciting concert and a great way for our wonderful musicians of the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra to finish a wonderful year of music.


Watch -     UCCYO - WEBO .   August 24th, 2019  Congratulations to Helen Renaud and the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra and Concert Band who had a very successful weekend at the Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival. National awards for top orchestra and top concert band!!

Music has a lot of power. It can uplift your consciousness. It is a salve for all emotional wounds and is a powerful tool of connection. 

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