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Following the cancellation of our concert at St John’s Smith Square last month, we were immediately desperate to get making music again, through any means possible. YMSO is therefore thrilled to present our first EVER virtual performance- the Galop from Rossini's Overture to his opera William Tell.

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St. John's Smith Square

Wednesday 17 June 2020 - 7.30 pm

Wagner Lohengrin - Prelude to Act 1
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 in Eb major
Brahms Symphony No.1 in C minor

Conductor James Blair
Soloist Maxim Calver


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

The next round of auditions for all instruments will be held in January and February 2021.


Our Influence over the years

Many ex-YMSO players hold or have held prominent positions in orchestras across the country. As a testament to how influential they feel their time at YMSO was, many of them have come back to the orchestra to tutor at rehearsals and also advise generally.

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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In November we were able to meet and play together, but without an audience. As a result sharing this video of our concert with you is particularly special for us. Please enjoy!

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Your Christmas present from the YMSO is wrapped and ready for you to open at midday tomorrow! See you there ... See MoreSee Less

...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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