Swan Youth Orchestra

Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th October 2024

Nurturing Young Talent, Shaping Brighter Futures

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Swan Youth Orchestra

Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th October 2024

In partnership with the Warwick Schools Foundation & the Warwickshire, Coventry & Solihull Music Services

The Next Swan Youth Orchestra weekend will take place at:

Warwick Schools Campus, Myton Road, Warwick CV34 6PP

Swan Youth Orchestra is aimed at students aged 11-18 at Grade VI level or above, with ensemble experience

Places are currently available for: Violin, Viola, Double Bass, Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Percussion
Reserve places are available for: Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Tuba

If you would like to register to join SYO please complete this form by Friday 21 June. Acceptance emails will be sent out by Friday 28 June. 

"I enjoyed the quality of the music and the great teaching and support during sectionals"

"I developed musical skills such as sight reading and responding to the conductor and the rest of the orchestra more"

"It was great to play with other young musicians and get tutored by the professionals"

Swan Youth Orchestra was launched in February 2024, to give school-age musicians across the region an opportunity to take their orchestral playing to the next level.

Our Swan Youth Orchestra members will be tutored and play side-by-side with our professional Orchestra of the Swan musicians, developing students ensemble and performance skills. A Swan Youth Orchestra weekend consists of sectionals, workshops and full rehearsals, concluding with a concert.

Professional Musicians Involved:

Rebecca Miller - Conductor 

Rebecca Miller is Principal Conductor of the Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia, Principal Conductor of the Royal Orchestral Society, Director of Orchestras at Royal Holloway University, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the Swan.

Celebrated for her energetic and compelling presence on the podium, Rebecca is a champion of unjustly-neglected female composer and renowned for her extensive work with young musicians.

Orchestra of the Swan Tutors

Victoria Brawn, Martha Ann Brookes, Phil Brookes, Diane Clark, Tim Farmer, Richard Laing, Catherine Leech, Vanessa McNaught, Jack McNeill, Anthony Thompson.

Music Hub Tutors: Alistair Kennedy, Kieron Howe 

Victoria Brawn playing Marcello
Victoria Brawn
Phil Brookes
Diane Clark
Tim Farmer
Richard Laing plays violin for the swan
Richard Laing
Catherine Leech
Vanessa McNaught
Jack McNeill
Anthony Thompson

Photography Eugene McLaughlin

Day 1 Schedule

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Registration 

10:00 am – 10:20 am: Warm up – Introduction to Musicians/Conductor 

10:20 am – 11:30 am: First full rehearsal 

11:30 am – 11:50 am: Break 

11:50 am – 12:00 noon: Head to sectionals 

12:00 noon – 1:15 pm: Sectionals  

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch 

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Sectionals 

3:05 pm – 3:10 pm: Head to larger sectional break out spaces 

3:10 pm – 3:45 pm: Large Sectionals 

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Break and head back for full rehearsal 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Full rehearsal 

 (side by side with Swan players) 

Day 2 Schedule

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Registration 

10:00 am – 10:45 am: Workshop  

10:45 am – 11:20 pm: Full rehearsal 

11:20 am – 11:40 am: Break 

11:40 pm – 12:30 pm: Full rehearsal 

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch 

1:15: pm – 1:45 pm: Performance workshop

1:45 pm – 1:55 pm: Head to sectionals 

1:55 pm – 3:05 pm Larger Sectionals 

3:05 pm – 3:25 pm – Break and head back for full rehearsal 

3:25 pm – 5:00 pm – Final Full rehearsal 

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm: Dinner 

5:45 pm – 6:30 pm: Break and change for concert

6:30 pm: Concert 

Nurturing Young Talent, Shaping Brighter Futures