Next concert: 2nd February 2022, Cadogan Hall. Find out more here.
Applications open for 2022 auditions, deadline 26th November. Find out more here.

In June 2021, the YMSO returned to St. John’s Smith Square with a programme showcasing the abilities of their young musicians in repertoire for full symphony orchestra, including Elgar's In the South and Glazunov Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major.
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

We are now accepting applications for all instruments. The first round of auditions for the Orchestra will be by video, with a second round to take place in London in January 2022. Applications should be submitted via the form below by 26th November 2021.


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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Final rehearsal ahead of our concert tonight at 7.30pm!

Limited tickets available: www.sjss.org.uk/book?873621435
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Does James still wear a outrageous dinner jackets for the concerts ??

Some fantastic pictures of last night’s rehearsal at St John’s Smith Square ahead of our concert tomorrow with brilliant soloist Rustam Khanmurzin 🎹

Limited number of tickets still available here (book now to avoid disappointment!):

📷: Beastly Studios
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If only I still lived in London! Good luck

Mon Nov 22nd, 2021

We’re so thrilled to be back in St John’s Smith Square for our final concert of 2021!

Come along this Wednesday 24th November for a programme of Humperdinck, Prokofiev and Strauss.

Book Tickets Now: www.sjss.org.uk/events/young-musicians-symphony-orchestra-0
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I’m looking forward to going to see the YMSO again this evening. Their concerts under the baton of and Director of the YMSO James Blair are always exciting and brilliant.

So exciting!

Looking forward!

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