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Thousands of young musicians have nurtured their love of orchestral music, had formative experiences and made lifelong friends in the orchestra. Many of these musicians have gone on to professional careers in major orchestras both in the UK and internationally.

Council funding through the Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Music Service and membership fees only cover a small portion of our costs. The Youth Orchestra relies on the generosity of our patrons, sponsorship, donations and fundraising activities to help us thrive and further our musical experiences through residential courses and concert tours at home and abroad. 

Patrons pay £100 per person annually by standing order. This guarantees reserved seats at each concert and patrons are listed in the concert programme. If you would like to support the orchestra by becoming a patron, please contact us. Alternatively, please contact the orchestra if you would like to make a donation or are able to support us in any other way.


Gareth Matthewson OBE


Nina Davies


Tony Williams

Fundraising Co-ordinator:
Heather Guy




Steve and Janet Best

Michael & Elsbeth Brooke

Ian & Ann Campbell

Richard & Susan Cunningham

Liz Davies

Robert & Vivienne Davies

Julian & Sally Davis

Peter and Jan Dyson

Capt. Sir Norman Lloyd Edwards

Drs David & Morfydd Entwistle OBE

Lee and Steve Finch

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff & Professor Andrew Finlay CBE

Ray & Heather Guy

Sue Hewerdine and Windsor Coles OBE

L.R. and R Hain

Rhian & Andrew Howells

Maggie and Bill Hughes

Dr Haydn James

Rachel Jenkins


Peter Knowles

Gareth Matthewson OBE & Ann Matthewson

Jill Manning

Dyfrig & Catrin Parry

Rotary Club of Cardiff

Rotary Club of Cardiff Breakfast

Michael and Audrey Sant

Mrs Margaret Schmidt

Professor Nicholas & Elizabeth Syred

Angharad Thomas

David and Susan Thomas

Eve and Theo Thomas

Dr Huw & Sian Thomas

Malcolm and Jean Thomas

Phillip and Sally Thomas

Roger Walters

Des & Angela Whittle

Mike and Sue Wilson

Prof. Mark Worwood

Thank you also to all our other patrons who wish to remain anonymous.

Get in touch with us from via our social media channels or our direct contact form.


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