Autumn 2015 - Bizet in Bath

Autumn 2015

Concert - Friday 13th of November at 8pm, St Swithins Church, Walcott, Bath

Repertoire: Bizet's Symphony in C, Bernstein's 'Mambo' from the West Side Story Symphonic Dances

The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra has a growing reputation for exciting performances of mainstream repertoire, and this Autumn's course illustrates this perfectly. Bizet was only 17 when he wrote his magnificent Symphony in C, as an assignment for his composition teacher Gounod at the Paris Conservatoire. Whilst quickly moved his attentions on to new compositions, peers compared the work favourably to Mendelsohnn's 'Midsummer Nights Dream' which was written at the same time.

As if all this wasn't enough, we'll also be performing Bernstein's exhilarating Mambo from his orchestral suite of symphonic dances for West Side Story. Bernstein wrote the suite just 4 years after the first production of the musical. It's also one of the BBC Ten Pieces for Secondary Schools, which is launched in October. Thornbury Area Youth Music is a Ten Pieces Champion, and in 2014-15 performed many of the Ten Pieces for Primary with SCYO taking a number of the pieces into their concerts. This work will continue with pieces from the secondary repertoire, with this performance starting the year!

The SCYO Autumn course will be on the following dates

Rehearsals at St Helen's Church, Alveston:

Wednesday October 21st
Wednesday November 4th
Friday November 6th
Wednesday November 11th

Friday November 13th - 8pm at St Swithins Church, Walcott, Bath.



How to apply

Musicians who have previously taken part in in SCYO courses can complete an enrolment form and pay online. The cost of this course is £37. Those taking part in both the Autumn and the Spring concert in Stroud can pay for both courses now for the discounted price of £60.


New members can apply online - just complete our online enquiry form and email us a short recording of you playing a section of a piece or two of your choice. The quality of the recording doesn't matter - it can be a recording on a phone, but should be of you playing a piece(s) that you are comfortable with and shows you playing musically.

You can apply online or download an application form on our apply page >>>>


About Us

The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra is an ensemble serving the young musicians of South Gloucestershire area and beyond. Part of the Thornbury Area Youth Music, it performs symphonic repertoire in 3 courses per year, involving players of grade 5 standard and above.




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