The Southampton Youth Orchestras are a fantastic way for children and young adults to benefit from the wonderful opportunities that playing music can bring. Whatever your background, learning a musical skill has been shown to improve language, literacy and general intelligence; academic ability; personal and social development and emotional development.
Friends of Southampton Youth Orchestras is a charitable organisation (Registered Charity no. 283789) which supports Southampton’s orchestral and string ensembles. These offer opportunities for very new players, who may be just 8 or 9 years old, through to sixth formers of Grade 8 standard. Many of those who started out in the junior ensembles have, with encouragement from teachers and families, built on those early experiences to get right to the top of the SYO musical Pyramid and beyond.
SYCS Tour to Ireland, 17-22 February 2019
SYCS have returned from their very successful tour to Ireland. There will be a full album of photographs uploaded to our gallery soon but in the meantime you can find a small selection of photos and videos on the Friends’ facebook page here : https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofsouthamptonyouthorchestras
(You shouldn’t need an account on facebook to view this page)
Photo galleries have now been uploaded for a number of events in 2018 – please take a look.
2019 FSYO Fundraising Calendars
|Following on from our photo competition, the calendars are now on sale.
Each month features a fantastic photograph sent in by our players.
The calendar also includes the 2019 concert dates for our ensembles and orchestras.We still have a few calendars left – these can be purchased from our rehearsals at discounted prices:£3 for one
£5 for two
How can I help?
Be a Friend! You can become a Friend by completing our Membership form, or if you can contribute in other ways, just drop us a line and we’ll get in touch. Please read our pages on how you can help and on different ways to support us.
We’d love to hear from you if you could offer any kind of support, however great or small, throughout the year! Please contact Amanda Mitchell (Chair) to find out more about how you can contribute. Joining today is one important way of helping us to support your child’s orchestra, and other orchestras in the pyramid, now and into the future.