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St. John's Smith Square

Wednesday 17 June 2020 - 7.30 pm

Wagner Lohengrin - Prelude to Act 1
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 in Eb major
Brahms Symphony No.1 in C minor

Conductor James Blair
Soloist Maxim Calver


The Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra is Britain’s leading orchestra for young musicians on the threshold of their professional careers. It provides invaluable experience to those who are studying or have recently completed their training, but are not yet established in the profession.

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Unlike many similar organisations in Europe and the USA, this orchestra does not benefit from any government subsidy. We receive no public funding of any sort and are therefore entirely dependent on the generosity of individuals, charitable foundations and corporate sponsors.

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Next auditions

The next round of auditions for all instruments will be held in January and February 2021.


Our Influence over the years

Many ex-YMSO players hold or have held prominent positions in orchestras across the country. As a testament to how influential they feel their time at YMSO was, many of them have come back to the orchestra to tutor at rehearsals and also advise generally.

Lord Menuhin

"these students represent the next generation of orchestral musicians who will continue our great classical tradition into the new millennium. The orchestra needs all your encouragement and support."

Lord Menuhin
President 1993-1999


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We regret to announce that we’ve had to cancel our concert on Wednesday evening at St John’s Smith Square. In the current climate we feel it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our orchestra and audience.
We wish our supporters and musicians well in these difficult times.

P.S Wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds)!!
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So sorry to hear that but it was right decision. Stay safe! 🙋🏻‍♀️

I am glad. Absolutely the right decision, alrhough terribly regrettable, of course. Please give my love to James.

Wise decision 😷🙏😉


We realise that this is a frustrating time for all musicians with concerts being cancelled and Conservatoires closing all around the country.

Our concert on Wednesday 18th March will be going ahead unless HM Government advises otherwise. We still have some vacancies for violinists, violists and double bassists. If you have found yourself at a loose end and would like to come and play some truly fantastic repertoire with your talented peers from all across the UK, whilst receiving sectional tutoring completely free of charge from some of the country’s top orchestral musicians, please get in touch with us via this page for further details 🎶
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Libby Sherwood

Sun Mar 15th, 2020

Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra - YMSO

A big thanks to the fantastic Jess Ouston for standing in to sing Sea Pictures this evening before our soloist Catherine Wyn-Rogers arrives on Tuesday. 👏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

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