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Sat Jul 25th, 2020

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Virtual Performance number 3!! 🎶 😃🎻

Following on from the lovely response to our previous virtual performances, we are excited to present the third instalment in our ongoing series. This time, we're delving into Romantic Opera repertoire with the heroic prelude to Act 3 of Wagner's "Lohengrin". ⚔️

Many thanks again to all our friends and colleagues for their continued support. We cannot wait to start performing live concerts again soon and hope to see you all when we can!

Don't forget to comment below with any suggestions for repertoire you'd like to hear us play for our next virtual performance!. Enjoy!
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Dear James. I wonder whether you remember me from back in the 80s. I've just come across a couple of broadcasts we did from the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall and, truth to tell, they're not bad I wonder whether you have copies of them?!

Fantastic everyone - have been looking forward to this!

Superb ! Well done all

Sylvia Wilkinson Sophie’s in the RH corner x

Sun May 17th, 2020

Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra - YMSO

Following the fantastic response last month's performance of the Galop from Rossini's William Tell Overture has received, the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra is delighted to present the second piece in its series of virtual performances. This time, we're whisking you away to the glacial vistas of Finland, for a rendition of the March from Karelia Suite by Jean Sibelius 🇫🇮

Many thanks again to all our friends and colleagues for their continued support. We cannot wait to start performing live concerts again and hope to see you all as soon as we are able to do so. 🎶

Don't forget to comment below with any suggestions for repertoire you'd like to hear us play. Enjoy! 🎼
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So uplifting . Made me smile 😊

You are all INCREDIBLE - well done nailing that dotted rhythm too folks - best I’ve heard it from any string section worldwide!

Fabulous. You are all so talented. Thank you so much. I watched this first thing Monday morning. A great start to the week

Fantastic performance thank you Christopher Calvin Claxton and all of YMSO , I enjoyed it in the garden with a glass of fizz 😘🥂xx

Sylvia Wilkinson Hazel Cope Sophie’s on this one! Especially at the beginning 😌

Adeline McBurney

Makes my heart sing 💓

Aw Emma 👋 this is great!

Brilliant ❤

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Sun Apr 19th, 2020

Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra - YMSO

Thank you so much for all the lovely responses to our William Tell virtual performance 😃🎻

The video is also up on our new YouTube channel, so you can share it with your friends and family who aren’t on Facebook (or just watch it over and over again yourself!). Don’t forget to like, subscribe and let us know what you’d like to hear next! 🎼

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Fri Apr 17th, 2020

Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra - YMSO

Good afternoon and a very happy Friday to you all!

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.

We hope to make many more of these in the coming weeks, so please comment below with any suggestions for pieces you'd like to hear. In the meantime, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all our friends, supporters and colleagues for their continuing support in these challenging times.

Enjoy 🐎🎶
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Brilliant! Bravo YMSO! Just missed part of my young life, then. Great to see James still at the helm. Stay safe, one and all. Love from this end. ❤️

Wonderful. How you managed to have everyone in sync is remarkable to both see and hear. Well done and keep going.

You made my day after remembering my mother who is not with us anymore And I was just browsing the Internet and came across your this wonderful music. Thanks for the lightning up my day

Superb James. Pity we couldn’t be there at the concert last month......we will make the next one!

Wonderful everyone. Very proud. ❤️

Hello James. Takes me back to my YMSO days. Brilliant. Well done

Everyone stay safe, stay healthy, stay sane!!!

Well done YMSO!

Amazing. Thank you.

Yay ! Go James ! X

Hello again James. Good to see you looking so youthful. I've just hit 70 but you must have a long way to go before hitting that!

Bravo James & bravissimo YMSO

bravo .everyone stay safe . Can you play Debussy lapresmidi dune faune please? many thanks to your wonderful young musicians .keep practising

Love it! 👏🏻

Fantastic !!!!

Wonderful James!!! Bravo. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Hello James! Lovely to see you again! Hope you are well! Stay safe. All the best, and much love, Clare. x

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We regret to announce that we’ve had to cancel our concert on Wednesday evening at St John’s Smith Square. In the current climate we feel it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our orchestra and audience.
We wish our supporters and musicians well in these difficult times.

P.S Wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds)!!
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So sorry to hear that but it was right decision. Stay safe! 🙋🏻‍♀️

I am glad. Absolutely the right decision, alrhough terribly regrettable, of course. Please give my love to James.

Wise decision 😷🙏😉

-CALLING ALL STRING PLAYERS-

We realise that this is a frustrating time for all musicians with concerts being cancelled and Conservatoires closing all around the country.

Our concert on Wednesday 18th March will be going ahead unless HM Government advises otherwise. We still have some vacancies for violinists, violists and double bassists. If you have found yourself at a loose end and would like to come and play some truly fantastic repertoire with your talented peers from all across the UK, whilst receiving sectional tutoring completely free of charge from some of the country’s top orchestral musicians, please get in touch with us via this page for further details 🎶
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-CALLING ALL STRING PLAYERS-

We realise that this is a frustrating time for all musicians with concerts being cancelled and Conservatoires closing all around the country. 

Our concert on Wednesday 18th March will be going ahead unless HM Government advises otherwise. We still have some vacancies for violinists, violists and double bassists. If you have found yourself at a loose end and would like to come and play some truly fantastic repertoire with your talented peers from all across the UK, whilst receiving sectional tutoring completely free of charge from some of the country’s top orchestral musicians, please get in touch with us via this page for further details 🎶

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Libby Sherwood

Sun Mar 15th, 2020

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A big thanks to the fantastic Jess Ouston for standing in to sing Sea Pictures this evening before our soloist Catherine Wyn-Rogers arrives on Tuesday. 👏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

A big thanks to the fantastic Jess Ouston for standing in to sing Sea Pictures this evening before our soloist Catherine Wyn-Rogers arrives on Tuesday. 👏🏻

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The future of these wonderful musicians is at stake - my last coaching gig #letthemusicplay

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-DOUBLE BASS PLAYER NEEDED-

We’re so excited to begin rehearsals for our concert at St John’s Smith Square next Wednesday!

Unfortunately due to illness we now have a vacancy for a Double Bass player to join us. If you’re between 18-25 and would love to play some great repertoire including Strauss’ fantastic Alpine Symphony, please get in touch with us via this page for details. 🎶
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Sara Banks

Jess, Sam, James, Ali.

We’re absolutely delighted to have the fantastic Catherine Wyn-Rogers joining us to sing Elgar’s Sea Pictures next week.

Catherine Wyn-Rogers was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, studying with Meriel St Clair and gaining several prizes including the Dame Clara Butt award. She continued her studies with Ellis Keeler and now works with Diane Forlano.
She is regular guest of the Three Choirs and Edinburgh festivals, and BBC Proms, where she was Last Night soloist in 1995; also of the Bayerische Staatsoper, English National Opera and Royal Opera Covent Garden. She sang Erda and Waltraute in Valencia and Florence with Mehta, appeared at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Sosostris The Midsummer Marriage, and made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Adelaide Arabella. Catherine has also performed for Salzburg, Verbier, Aldeburgh and Enescu festivals, and with the Teatro alla Scala Milan, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Semper Oper Dresden, Teatro Real Madrid, Netherlands Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera de Paris and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; in concert with Slatkin, Haitink, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Rozhdestvensky, Mackerras, Norrington, Gardner and Barenboim. Her numerous recordings include Dream of Gerontius with Daniel Barenboim, Samson with Harry Christophers, The Dream of Gerontius with Vernon Handley for EMI, Mozart's Vespers with Trevor Pinnock for DG, Peter Grimes with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, and Graham Johnson's Complete Schubert Edition for Hyperion.
Engagements for this season and beyond include Deborah Warner’s staging of Peter Grimes for both Teatro Real Madrid and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Queen of the Fairies Iolanthe for the English National Opera; and a return to the Bayerische Staatsoper during the 20/21 season for Hans Abrahamsen’s The Snow Queen; and she appears in concert this season with the Handel Haydn Society, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Edward Gardner) and Orchestre national de Lyon (Jukka-Pekka Saraste).

Hear Catherine and the YMSO next Wednesday 18th March, 19:30 at St John’s Smith Square

Tickets available here: www.sjss.org.uk/book?873609354
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We’re absolutely delighted to have the fantastic Catherine Wyn-Rogers joining us to sing Elgar’s Sea Pictures next week. 

Catherine Wyn-Rogers was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, studying with Meriel St Clair and gaining several prizes including the Dame Clara Butt award. She continued her studies with Ellis Keeler and now works with Diane Forlano.
She is regular guest of the Three Choirs and Edinburgh festivals, and BBC Proms, where she was Last Night soloist in 1995; also of the Bayerische Staatsoper, English National Opera and Royal Opera Covent Garden. She sang Erda and Waltraute in Valencia and Florence with Mehta, appeared at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Sosostris The Midsummer Marriage, and made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Adelaide Arabella. Catherine has also performed for Salzburg, Verbier, Aldeburgh and Enescu festivals, and with the Teatro alla Scala Milan, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Semper Oper Dresden, Teatro Real Madrid, Netherlands Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera de Paris and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; in concert with Slatkin, Haitink, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Rozhdestvensky, Mackerras, Norrington, Gardner and Barenboim. Her numerous recordings include Dream of Gerontius with Daniel Barenboim, Samson with Harry Christophers, The Dream of Gerontius with Vernon Handley for EMI, Mozarts Vespers with Trevor Pinnock for DG, Peter Grimes with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, and Graham Johnsons Complete Schubert Edition for Hyperion.
Engagements for this season and beyond include Deborah Warner’s staging of Peter Grimes for both Teatro Real Madrid and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Queen of the Fairies Iolanthe for the English National Opera; and a return to the Bayerische Staatsoper during the 20/21 season for Hans Abrahamsen’s The Snow Queen; and she appears in concert this season with the Handel Haydn Society, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Edward Gardner) and Orchestre national de Lyon (Jukka-Pekka Saraste).

Hear Catherine and the YMSO next Wednesday 18th March, 19:30 at St John’s Smith Square 

Tickets available here: https://www.sjss.org.uk/book?873609354
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