Next concert: 13th October 2021, St. John's Smith Square. 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

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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It’s great to be finally be back on the stage at the beautiful St John’s Smith Square once again for our concert this Wednesday 13th October!

There are still some tickets available here:
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Introducing our soloist for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, the fantastic William Bracken! 🎹

William Bracken, currently a postgraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, was born into a musical family. His father, Ian, led the cello section of YMSO in the 1980s and is currently a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. William began learning the piano at the age of four. He studied with Richard Meyrick on the Pianoman scholarship scheme, with
Jonathan Middleton at the Junior RNCM and now studies with Ronan O’Hora, Martin Roscoe and Paul Roberts at GSMD. William has performed concertos by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Gershwin, Saint-Saëns and Prokofiev, and has won prizes at the Welsh International Piano Festival and the Musikfest Wasserschloss Gesmold competition in Germany. He most recently won the GSMD’s Glass Sellers’ Beethoven Prize and currently holds a teaching position in the keyboard department at Eltham College in South-East London. William is supported in his postgraduate studies by the Munster Trust Derek Butler Award and by the Craxton Memorial Trust.

Hear William next Wednesday 13th October, at St John’s Smith Square:

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