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SCYO Does Jazz

June 28th saw the SCYO host a symphonic jazz day with visiting tutors from the Royal Welsh College as well as Bath Spa Uni - see what they got up to!

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Britten and Beyond 2014

In 2013/14 SCYO took part in the Arts Council project celebrating Benjamin Britten, and was twinned with the Youth Orchestra of the St Cecilia Academy in Rome. It also performed at the MFY National Festival.

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The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra - A youth orchestra for South Gloucestershire

Providing high-level tuition and inspiration for some of the finest young musicians across the South Gloucestershire, North Bristol, Bath and Cotswold areas, the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra was founded in 2011. This auditioned ensemble of orchestral musicians from grade 5 and above specialises in exciting performances of symphonic repertoire, based around three courses each year. The Youth Orchestra draws players from both LEA, Academy and Independent schools across South Gloucestershire, Bath and Bristol, rehearsing twice-weekly in 3-week blocks ending in a public performance. It's three directors are professional musicians and experienced educators, with expertise in passing on their passion and enthusiasm for orchestral music-making to young players.

Although only a few years old, the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra has an enviable reputation in the South Gloucestershire area and beyond for its artistic and energetic performances. Highlights of recent course include two back-to-back performances of Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' at the Armstrong Hall, with guest narrator from 'The Archers' John Telfer, and a childrens' concert of Saint-Saens' 'Carnival of the Animals' for local childrens' music classes. They have also performed in a variety of styles from Mozart's 'Prague' Symphony to a moving rendition of Charles Ives' 'The Unanswered Question'. In 2014 they took part in an international celebration of Benjamin Britten's Centenary which saw them forge links with the St Cecilia Academy Youth Orchestra in Rome and take part in a webcast performance of Britten's 'Soirees Musicale' at the Music for Youth National Festival in Birmingham.

south gloucestershire's youth orchestra - the south cotswold Youth Orchestra

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a youth orchestra for bristol, bath and south gloucestershire performing at the music for youth festival

Working with professional musicians

The three directors of SCYO work as professional musicians with orchestras across the UK. Between them they have also appeared at Glastonbury, performed on television and film, and feature on recordings with bands. They are also highly-experienced music educators, with many years experience teaching their instruments and conducting various ensembles, including conducting youth ensembles at national level. Furthermore, SCYO features visiting ensembles and performers who perform and give talks to players, giving them further access to professional advice. There are also trips to local concerts, where players can watch world-class performances with their friends.

Learning valuable ensemble skills

Playing with SCYO goes beyond just playing the notes. Its members learn valuable performance skills, ranging from presentation to new instrumental techniques. The group tackles symphonic repertoire and more unusual works in a friendly and informative manner, giving young musicians a chance to play music at a high level. New players can audition online, or join us at a rehearsal to see what SCYO is all about and audition in person.



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The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra is based in South Gloucestershire, providing high-quality music-making opportunities for players from across the Bristol, Bath and Gloucestershire regions.




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