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 distinct youth orchestras.

SLYO 4 has now been running for 5 years and caters for up to 45 Grade 2-4 violins, violas and cellos. Conductor Kit Massey successfully combines musical fun with attention to detail. Visiting the orchestra in rehearsals exudes this philosophy. Pupils are engaged, keen to achieve their best and eager to contribute to both sectional and full rehearsals. A combination of traditional and new repertoire made for a fabulous concert in SLYO 4′s new home – JAPS.

In SLYO 3 there were 60 strings, including our largest ever double bass section. Conductor Richard Sizer SLYO 3 took the pupils through a wonderfully varied programme from Handel to Saint-Saëns as well as learning to accompany SLYO 1 soloist Harry in the ever appealing Acrobat for trombone. City of Stars from LaLa Land and America from West Side Story showcased a clear understanding of different musical styles. Bravo SLYO 3 and how lovely to hear you in your new home – the Holst Hall at JAGS.

SLYO 2 was our largest orchestra this summer with over 70 young musicians of Grade 6-8 level so it was befitting that they opened our inaugural concert in the Vaughan Williams Auditorium, Under conductor Jonathan Butcher SLYO 2 showed their ability to master challenging and un-arranged orchestral repertoire, from Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony to Harry Potter. Regular attendance from all members of the orchestra ensured that the quality of playing and understanding of team among these young musicians continued to amaze.

SLYO 1 took on and rose to the challenge of Rachmaninoff 2. Under conductor Leigh O’Hara a full symphony orchestra filled the VWA with committed and mature playing. SLYO 1 was launched 7 years ago and has grown into a fine orchestra capable of tackling immense works. This was our largest, most challenging piece so far and was both moving and triumphant in execution.  It was a delight to see these students with the confidence and self belief to perform such a challenging programme. This performance will last a long time in the memory of its audience.

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