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Somerset County Youth Orchestra

 
 
Since its foundation over thirty years ago the SCYO has been offering high quality orchestral playing to young musicians from all over Somerset.  A large number of the students who have played in this group have been inspired by their musical experiences to pursue the subject to a very high level.  Countless numbers of our members have studied, or are studying music at university or music college.  Many have become professional musicians working as performers or teachers. Some even work for the County Music Service, Somerset Music who support the orchestra!
 
The orchestra is a full sized symphony orchestra and recent performances have included Mahler Symphony No 5, Bartok Concerto For Orchestra and Shostakovich Symphony No 5, 8 & 10.
 

 

 

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 SCYO Tour 2017: Concert venue
 
 
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 SCYO Tour 2016: concert rehearsals
 
What we do
 
The orchestra meets at the end of each academic term for an intensive course (usually 4 days).  The orchestra is conducted by Andrew Sherwood, Violin Professor from Trinity College London.  Each section of the orchestra will have a specialist tutor who will guide the young performers through rehearsals.  Each day of the course has a mix of full and sectional rehearsals culminating in a concert at the end of the course which is open to all members of the public.
 
The final course in the academic year is usually held overseas.  We are truly international artists and these courses have included performances in Paris, Florence, Prague, Salzburg Dublin and most recently Holland.  Somerset County Youth Orchestra was also the first Orchestra to perform in the European Parliament in Brussels.
 
The latest tour took place in Germany and in 2016 the Orchestra visited Holland
 
 
 
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SCYO Tour 2017 
 
 
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SCYO Tour 2016
 
 
SCYO Christmas Course 2017
Date
Venue
Time
16th December
 Heathfield School, Taunton
10.00am - 5.00pm
17th December
 Heathfield School, Taunton
10.00am - 5.00pm
22nd December
 Heathfield School, Taunton
10.00am - 5.00pm
23rd December – Course & Concert
Taunton Temple Methodist Church
12.30 - 9.30pm
 
SCYO Easter Course 2018
Date
Venue
Time
24th March
 TBC
10.00am - 5.00pm
25th March
 TBC
10.00am - 5.00pm
26th March
 TBC
10.00am - 5.00pm
27th March
 TBC
10.00am - 5.00pm
​28th March TBC 12.30 - 9.30 pm
 
SCYO Summer Course/Tour
21st - 22nd July - Rehearsals
23rd - 28th July - Summer Tour to The Netherlands
 
 
How to join the Somerset County Youth Orchestra
 
Auditions are held annually*, usually at the beginning of October for musicians who are of grade 5+ (strings), and grade 6 (wind & brass) standard or above.
 
Application forms will be posted on this website at the start of the academic year and copies are also sent to music departments in both maintained and independent schools across the county.
 
Somerset County Youth Orchestra is a self funded group and therefore annual subscription fees will apply.  Full details will be given during the application process.
 
 *See What's On page for further details.
 
Somerset Music is part of Support Services for Education (SSE) which offers a wide variety of support services for all education providers, including Schools, Academies, Early Years Providers, Childcare settings and Local Authorities. SSE has extensive experience of providing high quality services to educational establishments enabling them to focus on delivering educational excellence to all children and young people. To find out more about what we can offer you, please visit our website, www.SupportServicesforEducation.co.uk, email us at SSE@somerset.gov.uk or give us a call on 01823 348266.
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