The 2013 – 14 CWYM season saw the start of a new venture – the WYO Mentor Scheme; a project designed not only to give the CWYM’s younger members the chance to meet and learn from the more advanced players of the WYO, but also to give WYO players experience in how to coach and guide their younger counterparts. With 5 CWYM ensembles rehearsing on Saturday mornings, the CWYM is a busy place (you only have to look at the car park to gather that!) and ensembles generally only managed to get together and hear each other on concert days. But the Mentor Scheme has opened the opportunity for inter-ensemble communication, co-operation, support and musical friendships. WYO members have appeared with the younger CWYM ensembles as soloists, they have supported as part of the ensemble section and have worked as coaches in more specialised workshop settings. Ultimately this has led to the creation of the Wessex Young Apprentices Orchestra – an intermediate level orchestra incorporating players from both the Wessex Middle Strings and the Wessex Youth Fanfare with support from WYO Mentors. Playing in an ensemble is always fun, but make it into an orchestra – with 70 or so musicians, and the energy and thrill of the sound and volume never fails to capture the orchestral imagination of our young CWYM friends. They could be the future musicians of the Wessex Youth Orchestra – the WYAO has effectively become a guardian of the WYO’s future.