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Concerts & Events archive

2018


Saturday 25 July 2018

SYO & SWB Tour Concert
Kurpark Bandstand, Bad Salzig, Salzbornstraße 14, 56154 Boppard, Germany


Saturday 24 July 2018

SYO & SWB Tour Concert
Kurpark Pavillion, Bad Munster, Kurhausstraße, 55583 Bad Kreuznach, Germany


Saturday 22 July 2018

SYO & SWB Tour Concert
Stiftkirchengemeinde, Schlossberg 13, 65582 Diez, Germany


Saturday 30 June 2018

SYO Summer Concert
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ


Friday 29 June 2018

Lower Tier Concert featuring Acorn Strings
Cantell School, Violet Rd, Southampton SO16 3GJ


Monday 25 June 2018

SYS & Elgar Strings Summer Concert
Cantell School, Violet Rd, Southampton SO16 3GJ


Saturday 23 June 2018

SYCS Summer Concert – Around the World in 80 Minutes
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ


Monday 11 June 2018
SYS IKEA Café Concert
Southampton Youth Strings were pleased to offer a special free concert for visitors to the IKEA Southampton Café. The programme was made up of the lighter pieces we have learned this year and should be very entertaining.

IKEA Southampton, W Quay Rd, Southampton SO15 1GY


Saturday 27 May 2018

SYO Spring Concert
Southampton Youth Orchestra presented their belated Spring concert featuring Karen Kingsley playing the Grieg Piano Concerto

Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ


Saturday 24 March 2018
Pyramid Concert 2017
Acorn & Elgar Strings, SYS, SYCS and SYO Pyramid Concert
A unique chance to hear all the string orchestras in ascending order showcasing their skills, culminating in the top of the tier Southampton Youth Orchestra.

  • Acorn Strings played “Bicycle Ride” and “Paddle Steamer” from Travel Notes, Two Finger Boogie, Skye Boat Song and G-Force Blues
  • Elgar Strings played “English Pavan” and “Martin Said to the Man” from Musik of Shakespeare’s Daye, The James Bond Theme Tune and Yee Haw!
  • Southampton Youth Strings played a Schubert Suite followed by The Best of Abba
  • This year’s special guests Airplay played St Anthony Chorale, Jack Sparrow, Fool on the Hill and The Muppet Show Theme
  • After the interval, Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia played Lord of the Dance, Pirates of the Caribbean : At World’s End followed by Ghostbusters! with plenty of audience participation
  • Southampton Youth Orchestra played “Scene”, “Dance of the Swans” and “Danse Hongroise” from Swan Lake followed by Beethoven’s Egmont Overture

Central Hall, St Mary St, Southampton SO14 1NF


Saturday 10 March 2018

SYCS Spring Concert
Swaythling Methodist Church, 286 Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 3BE


Wednesday 14 February 2018

SYCS Tour Concert
Wesley Church, Priory Road, High Wycombe


Tuesday 13 February 2018

SYCS Tour Concert
Newlands Park, Chalfont St PeterHP8 4AD

2017


Saturday 8 July 2017

SYO Summer Concert
A super Summer event where the prestigious Southampton Youth Orchestra performed an exciting selection of pieces.

Chandlers Ford Methodist Church, Winchester Rd, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh SO53 2GJ


Friday 30 June 2017

Lower Tier Concert
Acorn Strings performed at this event alongside Airplay, Southampton Youth Percussion, and the Ukulele groups from Sholing and Shirley.

Cantell School, Violet Rd, Southampton SO16 3GJ


Monday 26 June 2017

SYS & Elgar Strings Summer Concert
This concert took place at St George Catholic College from 7.00pm – 9.00pm

St George catholic College, Leaside Way, Southampton SO16 3DQ


Sunday 25 June 2017
SYCS Summer Concert – The Best of British
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia presented their final concert of the season – a Best of British celebration, featuring music from across Britain’s classical, film and stage culture. Repertoire ranged from Walton and Elgar to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Downton Abbey, and closed with a traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’ finale, led by soprano soloist Alison Lewis. 

Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton SO17 1BJ


Monday 12 June 2017
SYS IKEA Café Concert
Southampton Youth Strings were pleased to offer a special free concert for visitors to the IKEA Southampton Café. The programme was made up of the lighter pieces we have learned this year and should be very entertaining.

IKEA Southampton, W Quay Rd, Southampton SO15 1GY


Saturday 6 May 2017
SYO Thornden Hall Concert

Thornden Hall, Winchester Rd, Eastleigh SO53 2DW


Saturday 1 April 2017
SYCS St Andrews Church Concert

Avenue St Andrew’s URC Church, The Avenue, Southampton SO17 1XQ


Saturday 11 March 2017
Pyramid Concert 2017
Acorn & Elgar Strings, SYS, SYCS and SYO Pyramid Concert
A unique chance to hear all the string orchestras in ascending order showcasing their skills, culminating in the top of the tier Southampton Youth Orchestra.

  • Acorn Strings played a selection from String Time by Kathy and David Blackwell.
  • Elgar Strings played “William Tell” by Rossini, “Yesterday” by Lennon & McCartney, “Mystery Mansion” by David R.Bellwood and “Big Ben Boogie” by Loreta Finn.
  • Southampton Youth Strings played a Mendelssohn Suite including the “Wedding March”, “Nocturne” and “The Fairies Dance”, followed by music from “Wicked” by Stephen Schwartz.
  • The concert then featured a guest appearance by the excellent Southampton Youth Brass Band playing “Death or Glory” by R.B Hall, “Abide with me” by W.H Monk, and “Prismatic Light” by Alan Fernie.
  • After the interval, Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia played the hugely entertaining and interactive”We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Ian Stephens.
  • Southampton Youth Orchestra played the 2nd Polovtsian Dance from “Prince Igor” by Alexander Borodin and “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius.

Central Hall, St Mary St, Southampton SO14 1NF


Wednesday 22 Feb 2017
SYCS Concert – ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ – Family Concert
Fantastic performance with solos by Abi Caveney in Phantom of the Opera and Matthew McDermott in The Firebird. Also there was great fun with We’re going on a Bear Hunt.

Neeld Community and Arts Centre, Borough Parade, Chippenham SN15 3WL


Tuesday 21 Feb 2017
SYCS Concert – We got rhythm!
A musical celebration for the whole family which saw SYCS perform alongside ladies choir Splash of Red and musical theatre and arts group MJ-UK.

St Mary’s Church, High Street, Fairford, Gloucestershire, GL7 4AF


Saturday 21 Jan 2017
SYO Concert with cellist Jamal Aliyev
Southampton Youth Orchestra’s first concert of the 2016/17 season.

They were joined by Jamal Aliyev one of the most exciting young cellists of his generation. This evening’s programme was:

  • Slbelius – Finlandia
  • Dvorak – Cello concerto
  • Brahms – Symphony No 1

They began their programme in the Scandinavian majesty of Silbelius’ Finlandia. Then Dvorak took us to his Czech homeland, but whistfully remembering it from America where he wrote this extraordinary work. Then finally Brahms’ first symphonic work, a work it took him 10 years to write, plagued with self-doubt, brought this concert to a glorious finale.

Chandlers Ford Methodist Church, Winchester Rd, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh SO53 2GJ


2016


Friday 2 Dec 2016

SYCS Christmas Concert
The programme included Star Wars, Polar Express and a selection of festive favourites! 

St George’s Catholic College Leaside Way, Swaythling, SO16 3DQ Southampton


Saturday 3 Sept 2016
SYO Leavers Concert and farewell concert for Jane Higgins
From time to time, SYO players move on to new challenges. This special concert is held each year so that we can say farewell and to celebrate their hard work and dedication to the orchestra over the years.
This year is extra special and sad as we say farewell to Jane Higgins who has been with the SYO for 28 years, for 12 of which she has been the conductor. 
This evening’s programme was:

  • Overture Romeo and Juliet – Tchaikovsky
  • Pictures at an Exhibition – Mussorgsky (just Baba Yaga and Great Gate)
  • Overture Merry Wives of Windsor – Nicolai
  • Premiere Rhapsodie for clarinet and orchestra – Debussy
  • Symphony No 7 in C# minor – Prokofiev. 1st and 4th movements only.

Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton SO17 1BJ


Saturday 9 July 2016
Music For Youth 2016
Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts. In July each year, 10,000 young musicians gather in Birmingham for the incredible five day NATIONAL FESTIVAL. This is their opportunity to share their achievements, hear other young musicians from across the country, to compare notes and for some, to engage in a bit of friendly rivalry.
The SYO were selected and travelled up to Birmingham to perform in this special event.
Find out more about MFY.
Symphony Hall, The International Convention Centre, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA


Tuesday 5 July 2016
Sounds from the Stadium
THOUSANDS of children joined together for a spectacular mass concert at one of the South Coast’s biggest football stadiums. Nearly 3,500 youngsters from across the region crowded into St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton for the huge Sounds From The Stadium event led by prominent pop and classical music icons. Electric string trio Cordelectra and CJ Edwards from the Voice led the youngsters through vocal, percussion and instrumental performances in an event hosted by Southampton Music Hub. Restless Symphony – from Gareth Malone’s the Naked Choir – Southampton Youth Orchestra and Fionna Jepson were also at the concert which included musical tastes ranging from “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit and “I Got Bills” by LunchMoney Lewis. Proceeds were donated to Southampton Hospital Charity’s to the Maternity echo machine fund.
St Mary’s Stadium, Britannia Rd, Southampton SO14 5FP


Friday 1 July 2016
Initial Tier Joint Concert
The groups involved in the Initial Tier Joint Concert were Acorn Strings, Airplay, Twangolitos, Southampton Youth Percussion, Clarinet Chorale, and the Shirley and Sholing Ukulele groups.
Kings Community Church, Hedge End, Upper Northam Road, SO30 4BZ


Sunday 26 June 2016
SYO concert Turner Sims
Southampton Youth Orchestra’s Concert programme: Overture The Merry Wives of Windsor – Nicolai Première Rhapsodie for clarinet and orchestra – Debussy (soloist Charlie Watkins) Concerto for Tuba – Gregson (soloist Joe Tucker) Concerto in E minor for violin and orchestra – Mendelssohn (soloist Jon Visanji)
Turner Sims Concert Hall, Salisbury Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ


Saturday 5 June 2016
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia Summer Concert
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia presented their final concert of the academic year – a fun and varied programme which included an exploration into orchestral crossovers between classical and jazz.
Turner Sims Concert Hall, Salisbury Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ


Sunday 24 April 2016
SYO concert Turner Sims
Southampton Youth Orchestra’s Concert programme: Overture from Romeo & Juliet – Tchaikovsky; The Noon Witch – Dvorak; Pictures at an Exhibition – Mussorgsky orch. Ravel.
Turner Sims Concert Hall, Salisbury Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ


Friday 18 March 2016
SYCS Easter Concert
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia played a wide variety of music from Elvis Presley to Mussorgski and from John Williams to Bizet’s Carmen.
Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, Southampton


Saturday 12 March 2016
Acorn & Elgar Strings, SYS, SYCS and SYO Pyramid Concert
Also playing were our special guests, the excellent Highfield School Orchestra.
Central Hall, St Mary St, Southampton SO14 1NF


Tuesday 9 February 2016
The European Union Chamber Orchestra and Members of Southampton Youth Orchestra joined forces!
The renowned EUCO’s programme opened with Grieg’s ever-popular “From Holberg’s Time” Suite in Olden Style, Op 40 and included the fourth of Mozart’s five concertos for violin, written when the composer was 19. Esteemed violinist Tasmin Little joined the orchestra as soloist whilst Jane Wells’ new work Two wings and a prayer incorporated solo roles for young virtuosos from SYO alongside the orchestra’s members. The programme ended with Haydn’s playful Symphony No 55 in E flat, Hob I/55 Schoolmaster.
Turner Sims Concert Hall, Salisbury Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ


Monday 18 January 2016
A massed choir performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria 
Southampton Music Hub and Richard Taunton’s Sixth Form College (RTSFC) presented a massed performance featuring over 200 singers from secondary schools, colleges and community choirs across Southampton including:RTSFC Community Choir, St Anne’s Catholic School, Bitterne Park Secondary School, St George’s Catholic College, The Sholing Technology College, Upper Shirley High, Soton Voce, Southampton Gospel Choir, Delicious Sounds, Southampton Youth Orchestra players and the City of Southampton Orchestra.
 The programme also included excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.
Central Hall, St Mary St, Southampton


Saturday 9 January 2016
Southampton Youth Orchestra concert
A special performance featuring piano soloist Nicholas Sikun Chen playing Rachmaninov’s Concerto No2 Op18.
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton


2015


Saturday 5 September 2015
Southampton Youth Orchestra leavers concert
From time to time, SYO players move on to new challenges. This special concert is held each year so that we can say farewell and to celebrate their hard work and dedication to the orchestra over the years.

Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton


Friday 24 – Monday 27 July 2015
Southampton Youth Orchestra 50th Anniversary Concerts on tour in Germany
The SYO players get an exciting chance to tour and play in special locations. This year they visited Germany at these venues:
Neustadt GDA | 
Marienkirche, Landau | Heliggeistkirche, Heidelberg | Kurtheater, Freudenstadt
Find out more in the Newsletter
See the photos


Sunday 12 July 2015
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia | Orchestral Extravaganza
SYCS joined forces with Jeungdorkest Nieuwegein from the Netherlands in an exciting programme of music from the classics, stage and screen.
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton


Monday 6 July 2015
Acorn Strings, Elgar Strings & Southampton Youth Strings – String Ensemble Concert

Cantell Maths & Computing College


Saturday 4 July 2015
Southampton Youth Orchestra 50th Anniversary

Southampton O2Guildhall, Southampton
Find out more about the 50th
See the photos/video


Saturday 27 June 2015
Southampton Youth Orchestra
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton


Monday 22 June 2015
Southampton Youth Strings | IKEA Teatime Concert
In the cafe at IKEA, Southampton


Saturday 28 March 2015
Southampton Youth Orchestra concert
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton


Friday 20 March 2015
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia Spring Concert
Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, Southampton


Saturday 14 March 2015
All Orchestras Pyramid concert
Central Hall, St Mary’s Street, Southampton
See the photos


Friday 20 February 2015
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia
With St Oswald’s Choir and friends
St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne


2014


Saturday 6 December 2014
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia Winter Concert

St James Road Methodist Church, Shirley, Southampton


Monday 1 December 2014
Acorn Strings & Elgar Strings Concert

Cantell School, Violet Rd, Southampton


Monday 24 November 2014
Southampton Youth Strings Concert

Cantell School, Violet Rd, Southampton


Saturday 15 November 2014
Southampton Youth Orchestra joint concert with Southampton Choral Society – Carmina Burana
Central Hall, St Mary’s Street, Southampton


Saturday 06 September 2014
Southampton Youth Orchestra Leaver’s Concert
Romsey Abbey, Romsey


Summer 2014

SYO performed in the Czech Republic
Following the success of their Music For Youth Festival appearance, Southampton Youth Orchestra took off for a four concert residential in Prague. The venues included Jablonec nad Nasou, the Czech Museum of Music in Prague, the Colonnades in Marianske Lazne and the Meteda Beseda Concert Hall in Pilsen. Congratulations to them for showing Southampton’s great talent overseas.


12 July 2014

Music for Youth
In July the SYO joined hundreds of musicians from around the UK in another superb, inspiring Music For Youth (MFY) National Festival in Birmingham. This dazzling week of music-making was covered on the Classic FM site – see the SYO on stage and a close-up view of the performance. Also see the Southampton Music Hub page.

See our page for the 2013 MFY event.


28 June 2014
Flash Mob
We had some fun this June when our excellent Southampton Youth Orchestra (SYO) supported by the brilliant Southampton Choral Society dazzled shoppers atWest Quay Shopping Centre with a Flash Mob event. Play the video to experience this exciting event.


28 June 2014
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia
A varied programme of music from the classics, film and stage.
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton


2013


07 September 2013
Southampton Youth Orchestra Leaver’s Concert
St Mary’s Church, Southampton


2011


02 July 2011
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton


2004


27 March 2004
Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia
Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church, Southampton


1999


15 May 1999
Southampton Youth Orchestra concert
Southampton Guildhall, Southampton