Friends of CLYO

Friends of CLYO

Charity Registration No. 514113

All parents or guardians of musicians in the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra are Friends.

The Friends’ objective is to advance the musical education of young people in the Leeds area and to promote, encourage and support all activities of the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra. The FCLYO committee seek to work with and support our conductor, Dougie Scarfe, and the other CLYO staff in the wonderful job that they do for our young people; raise the profile of the orchestra, contribute to building up the orchestra community and raise funds for the orchestra.

Our funds are used to make possible Dougie’s motto If we go, we all go, by providing bursaries for tours and residential courses.  We also fund extra outings for the whole orchestra on tour.  We enable the orchestra to perform a wider, more exciting repertoire (by paying for soloists and other extras such as the film presentation during the performance of Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antartica in Leeds Town Hall in 2008) and pay for the purchase and maintenance of some of the rarer instruments that individuals are less likely to own such as the bass clarinet, ‘A’ clarinets, contrabassoon and the cor anglais and .  FCLYO cover the cost of hiring concert venues other than Leeds Town Hall and fund the various prizes awarded by the conductor to players at the end of each year.  For the first time we are exploring the possibility of match funding from businesses that are willing to support us in this way. From time to time we organise small fund-raising events that add to the fun of being part of CLYO.

The Friends promote and support the concerts held in November and May each year,  we run the CLYO website, newsletter and organise those little extras that the orchestra enjoy such as hoodies, photos etc.  We have recently been delighted to offer a 2016 CLYO calendar featuring over 100 professionally taken photos of the orchestra last year and a recording of the fabulous July concert held in Ripon Cathedral will soon be available to purchase as a download.

We usually have two orchestra members on the Friends’ committee each year but this year we are delighted to have four volunteers! We are very grateful for the way in which they work with us to help the whole orchestra to be involved.  Thank you to Megan, Sarah, Tom and Max for volunteering this year.

Lincoln to Boston for CLYO

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Pictured here is Julie McLeish (Chair of Friends of CLYO) with her son, Nick (CLYO, trumpet, 2007-2013) having just completed the 31 mile row from Lincoln to Boston raising money for the much needed bass clarinet for CLYO.  Nearly £1k has been raised 🙂  (The overall cost of the clarinet is just shy of £6k.)

Other members of the orchestra and their families are being encouraged to follow suit and use whatever skills they have to raise some funds for CLYO – whether large or small.

This year we will be raising funds so that we can fully support the tour to the Czech Republic and Slovakia with bursaries that are needed, support the exciting performance of Henry V in Leeds Town Hall in March, and we very much hope that CLYO will own its own bass clarinet by the end of the year rather than having to rely on the loan of an instrument that is not always available.

The Friends’ Committee

  • Naz Wakefield (Chair)
  • Jackie Moore (Vice Chair)
  • Jackie Baily (Secretary)
  • Graham Merriam (Treasurer)
  • Hayley Harding (Sponsorship Secretary)
  • Arindam Chatterjee (Website Admin)
  • Sally Hudson
  • Ali Newton
  • Denise Sharpe
  • Rachel Howit
  • Andrea Smith
  • Samit Chakrabarty
  • Vivien Wriglesworth
  • Ruth Buckley
  • Sophia Wakefeld (Orchestra representative)
  • Callum Wood (Orchestra representative)
  • Claire Jennings (Orchestra representative)
  • Victoria Daramy-Williams (Orchestra representative)

We are very grateful to Yvonne Greenwood for looking after our Facebook and Twitter sites.

We welcome offers of help with publicity, at concerts with programme selling and refreshments, and financial support.

We encourage all orchestra members to be involved in fund-raising events for the orchestra as well as others from time to time; last summer we raised money for Classic FM’s ‘Take the Cake’ initiative which provides music therapy for disabled and vulnerable children.

All orchestra members and Friends are encouraged to seek sponsorship for the orchestra, as this provides the sort of regular income needed to plan the support of the orchestra through the year.

If you feel able to support us in this way, please contact Carolyn Shaw at

We are presently actively seeking funding for a much needed bass clarinet.

All income raised by the Friends is used solely to promote the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra and to maintain its position as one of the country’s leading youth orchestras.