Concerts & Events Click here for Past Concerts
Concerts and festivals have always been part of the DNA of the orchestra. They are the climax of all the hard work entailed in learning and perfecting music.They are the moment when all the rehearsal time invested suddenly pays back and the orchestra rises to the occasion to delight their audience. They provide the buzz and excitement which is unique to performing at your best to a live audience.
Stoneleigh Junior Orchestra’s first concert was one year after it formed in 1945. Under Adrian Brown’s baton alone, SYO performed over 300 works by more than 120 composers in over 150 concerts both in the UK and abroad.
SYO’s record at major music festivals is also impressive. We took part in the Festival Of Britain under Edward Gough in 1951. The first competitive festival we entered was in 1976 in the Music for Youth Festival at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon which we won. Adrian recalled: “ We could not believe we had risen from rehearsing in a scout hut to performing the final movement of Dvorak’s New World Symphony in a large concert hall".
The School’s Prom followed and, in 1983, in the final of the National Festival for Music, Stoneleigh performed Stravinski’s Firebird Suite to rapturous applause and a glowing review from David Cairns of The Times who wrote of his delight “ to hear Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra responding to Adrian Brown's direction and playing with the utmost poetic sensibility.”
In 1989, at the Festival of British Youth Orchestras, SYO was awarded the Novello Youth Orchestra Award.
Concerts & Events 2013/2014
Summer Concert 2013
Sunday 30th June
6.30 pm 450 Hall, Hampton School
Programme to include music by Bruch, Dvorak, Holst and Vaughan Williams
Sunday 1st and 8th September 2013
All instruments welcome, although we are particularly interested in
viola, double bass, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion
Come and play, or sit in and listen.
Please register your interest with our Chairman Julian Hardwick
Autumn Concert 2013
Sunday 15th December
Royal College of Music
Programme to include music by Arnold, Dvorak, Delius, Bizet and Anderson.
Soloist: Elaine Ambridge
Spring Concert 2014
Sunday 30th March
Summer Concert 2014
Sunday 6th July
Soloist: Dan Shilladay
(click link for programme information)
|2012||Royal Academy of Music||450 Hall, Hampton School||Royal College of Music|
|2011||Royal Academy of Music||450 Hall, Hampton School||Royal College of Music|
|2010||Royal Academy of Music||The Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames||Royal College of Music|
National Festival for Music for Youth, Birmingham Symphony Hall
|Ashcroft Technology Academy|
|2008||Cadogan Hall||St. Paul's, Wimbledon|
|2007||BBC Broadcasting House Radio Theatre||St. John's, Smith Square||St. Paul's, Wimbledon|