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Berkshire Youth Symphony OrchestraBerkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra

Musical Director Jonathan Burnett

Coached by Rob Croft


The Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra is the culmination of a student’s orchestral training in Berkshire. It comprises over one hundred of the most advanced and experienced young orchestral musicians within Berkshire from both state and independent sector schools.

The orchestra rehearses for three short courses throughout the year. This intensive level of playing together enables the students to prepare challenging repertoire and understand the level of playing and commitment required for life beyond the youth orchestra, at national level and subsequently at university or conservatoire. Repertoire is drawn from mainstream large symphonic works from 19th century composers to those from the present day.

Being a member of BYSO gives the students the opportunity to work in partnership with other organisations and soloists performing for many different audiences.

Over recent years BYSO has gone from strength-to-strength in terms of number of players and quality of performance. The academic year 2015/16 has seen a return to the Royal Albert Hall to perform for the Primary Proms at the invitation of Music for Youth, at Christmas a partnership concert with community choir Sing Healthy, followed by a second Celebration of Music in Berkshire at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 May 2016. In July 2016 the orchestra travelled to China for an eight day tour alongside Berkshire Youth Choir and Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra.

Our aim is to inspire younger students to become members of BYSO in the future and continue the high standard. Entrance is by competitive audition during the summer term. Applications for auditions are now open for the academic year 2016/17.

Download BYSO's performance and rehearsal schedule for 2016-17

Find out about auditions or contact us for further information on 0118 901 2386 or email:

Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra

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