On October the 14th YMSO proudly returned to St John's Smith Square to perform to a live audience for the first time since the COVID crisis began. We hope you enjoy it, all those in the orchestra and audience certainly did. It was an emotional and memorable experience.


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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...and that’s a wrap.

We look forward to sharing the complete video of our project at St John’s Smith Square in the very near future!
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Well here it is!

After many months of YMSO not being able to play together we returned to St John’s on October the 14th, to play to a live (albeit reduced) audience. Maybe you were there…

It was an emotional and fulfilling experience for all involved.


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With our return to St John’s Smith Square this evening, we are pleased to present a fourth virtual performance for your enjoyment.

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Grand Pas de Deux’ from ‘Nutcracker’ has long been a favourite within the repertoire and our musicians have had a lot of fun putting it together.

Thank you for your continuing support in these difficult times and we hope to be able to see you at a concert very soon.

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Tue Oct 13th, 2020

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So great to be back making music at our home St John’s Smith Square over the last few days preparing for our first concert since lockdown. Lots of safety measures in place, more space between our players and a smaller orchestra than usual.
We are so lucky to be performing for a live audience (albeit much reducedl!) tomorrow. If you didn't get one of the limited number of tickets, don't worry! We will be sharing a video of the concert with you all in a few weeks!!

We are playing Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Beethoven Symphony No.8 with our Artistic Director James Blair MBE.
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