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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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!!!


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!

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Leah Leong is originally from Bristol and completed her masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in August 2020. She plays in a variety of ensembles ranging from classical to pop and can’t wait to start performing again.

Since 2018, Leah has been the principal cellist in YMSO and has loved exploring a wide range of orchestral repertoire and meeting so many other musicians from different conservatoires.

During lockdown, Leah has been running and trying to improve on her 10k PB time, experimenting with recording at home, volunteering in her local zero waste shop, and watching a lot of Netflix.
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You can hear Leah playing in the solo section at the start of Wagner's 'Siegfried Idyll' www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7u9jN7Cmco&t=4s

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Jake Parker is a 4th year horn player at Guildhall, originally from Sevenoaks in Kent. He first played with YMSO in 2017, and has been Principal Horn since January 2019.

Jake will be continuing his studies at Guildhall in September on the prestigious Orchestral Artistry Masters Programme.

During Lockdown 3, he’s been rediscovering his childhood love of chess, exploring the world of craft beer, and riding around East London on his trusty bicycle!
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You can hear Jake playing in our recent performance of Brahms 1 youtu.be/IE1JaATQ0pA

lovely photo of a strapping young gentleman

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