Next concert: 16th June 2021, St. John's Smith Square. Find out more here.

As we can’t be performing together today at St.John’s Smith Square, we thought we would put together another Virtual Performance for you all to enjoy! We look forward to playing together again on June 16th.
To see more of our recent performances, click here.


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

Due to the COVID-19 crisis we have been unable to offer our current members as many public performances as we had planned. We are therefore holding our next round of auditions in January/February 2022.


Our Influence over the years

There is not an orchestra in the British Isles that doesn’t contain alumni of the YMSO. As a testament to how influential they feel their time at YMSO was, many of them return to the orchestra to tutor at rehearsals and also advise.

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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Fergus McCready is an oboist currently in his third year undergrad at the Royal Academy of Music. Fergus has been Principle Oboe with YMSO since 2019, during which he has had the opportunity to perform a variety of great orchestral works, one of his favourites being Brahms Symphony No. 1. During lockdown, Fergus used the time to refine his oboe reeds, experimenting with different techniques and devices. Aside from this, Fergus found that the lockdown period presented a great opportunity for him to explore other hobbies of his outside of music, such as rock climbing and trail running in his local area of South Devon.
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Beautiful sound last Wednesday, Fergus 👏

Tue Jun 15th, 2021

Day 2 of rehearsals in sunny Westminster at the beautiful St John’s Smith Square! ... See MoreSee Less

We’re so excited to be be back in the wonderful St John’s Smith Square, rehearsing Egar and Glazunov for our concert this Wednesday! 🎶 ... See MoreSee Less


Phoebe Clarke, originally from Melbourne, Australia, is currently in her third year undergraduate at the Royal College of Music, studying classical double bass. She’s recently been spending time trying to expand her knowledge of solo repertoire on the double bass, and posting daily on her Instagram practice account.

Throughout lockdown, Phoebe co-founded “Bassists with Boobs”, a platform to promote, empower and celebrate underrepresented genders in the double bass community. Other than this, and practice of course, she loves playing with her dogs, teaching and being crafty!

Phoebe has been performing with YMSO since 2019, and has thoroughly enjoyed playing in a more “professional” environment. She led the double bass section in the last live concert in November, and has loved contributing to the YMSO Virtual Concerts in anticipation for when they take place in person once again.
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A most wonderful Thames Youth Orchestra alumna too!

Go Phoebe!!!


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