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Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra Auditions

Welcome to the auditions for membership of Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra 2020-21.

We are delighted that you are auditioning for BYGO for 2020-21 and we hope that you enjoy preparing, practising and performing for your audition. Auditions will take place once we can re-open our music centres. We are also looking into carrying out auditions by video call should music centres remain closed for an extended period. Until then, please get your audition registration submitted and start practising.  

Everyone who auditions will be required to:

  1. Perform a short piece of their own choice (of grade 5+ standard)
  2. Perform a prepared short study – please click here to download this extract

If you aren’t yet at this standard but would like to be more involved with playing guitar ensemble music, you can apply to join our Guitar Academy. Operating in three tiers of Debut, Intermediate and Advanced, the Guitar Academy acts as the training ground for BYGO to provide young guitarists with extra activities and performance opportunities. Find out more about the Guitar Academy by clicking here.

Top Tips (for getting the most out of your audition)

  • Arrive in time for a good warm up (bring spare strings and accessories as needed)
  • Choose a piece which you can play really well and have performed before – the panel want to hear what you can do, not what you can’t, so that you can show off your true potential
  • Remember to realise the music, not just the notes!
  • Take time to thoroughly prepare your solo piece and also practice some sight-reading in advance, so that you don’t panic when you are confronted with some music that is new to you. Good preparation means that you will be less anxious on the day and more able to perform at your best
  • Present yourself and your performance professionally – think about how you will sit, take time to compose yourself before you perform and consider what you might wear
  • You are allowed to make mistakes! It is your overall ability and general musicianship which the panel will assess – so enjoy the performance and take every opportunity to share your own musical ideas

Please register for an audition here. Once we have received your registration we will contact you to arrange your audition.

If you have any questions about your audition please e-mail

Good Luck!

Filming: Berkshire Maestros reserves the right to make a video recording of all Academy and County Group auditions. This is because we have different teams of assessors and we need to make sure that marking is consistent. Moderation is done by the Curricular Head and specialised instrument tutors; they are the only people who will see the videos which will be destroyed once the assessment has concluded.


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