Congratulations to all the pupils who took part in South London Youth Orchestra this August.

You were amazing!

Over 200 young musicians aged 6-19 came together to make 4 full and distinct youth orchestras.

SLYO 4 totalled 45 violins, violas and cellos. They made a fabulous sound at their concert, conducted by Kit Massey. SLYO 4 has now been running for 4 years and caters for Grade 2-4 young musicians. New to their programme this summer was ‘composition club’ where all members of the orchestra contribute to create a vibrant story through sound. This along with more traditional repertoire made for a fabulous concert.

In SLYO 3 there were 55 strings, including double basses. Under their conductor Richard Sizer SLYO 3 not only took us through their most varied programme yet, from Russian and English folk music to Mussorgsky and Mancini SLYO 3, but they also showed us their clear understanding of different musical styles. ‘Skyfall’ and ’Funky Heels’ finished the programme and proved that strings add rhythm as well as sonorous sounds to more popular music!

SLYO 2 was our largest orchestra this summer with over 75 young musicians Grade 6-8 level. As ever SLYO 2 showed their ability to perform orchestral reperotire in unarranged versions. Conductior Jonathan Butcher put together an English programme featuring Delius, Delibes and Vaughan Williams. It was also an opportunity for SLYO 1 violinist Rosa Juritz to have her A level composition performed – Artemis and Apollo. This piece was much appreciated by tutors and pupils as it gave every section in the orchestra a moment to shine. To finish, a rousing peformance of ‘Pirates of the Carribean’!

took on and rose to the challenge of Mahler 1 this summer. Under their conductor Leigh O’Hara an orchestra of 65 musicians filled the Holst Hall with mature and beautiful playing. SLYO 1 was launched 6 years ago and has grown into a fine orchestra capable of tackling immense works. This was our largest piece so far and was both moving and triumphant in execution.  Following on from SLYO 1′s last programme – film music by John Williams – it was a delight to see pupils aged 14-19 have the confidence and self belief to perform such a different yet challenging programme.

To find out how to join SLYO call 020 8613 6439 – new members welcome!