East Midlands Youth String Orchestra

Inspiring young string players along a journey of musical discovery fuelled by challenging repertoire, excellent tuition and outstanding performance opportunities. 


This Sunday, the orchestra is holding a free taster session for new members to come along and ‘have a go’. If you would like to come along to see if it is right for you, please email admin@music-for-everyone.org to let us know. We’re really looking forward to seeing you there! Auditions will be arranged during this session.
Details: Sunday 19 November, 2pm – 5pm
Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane NG8 5GY

YSODirected by distinguished violinist and conductor Richard Howarth, the group rehearse on Sunday afternoons (approximately every 3 weeks) throughout the year, performing an average of 4 concerts per season in addition to their annual concert tour which is a highlight for everyone!

As well as offering specialist string tuition within a wide-ranging repertoire, the group offers opportunities for playing in smaller groups and for solo performance.

What the players say

The greatest part of being in EMYSO is when the group comes together to give an amazing performance of a piece that at the first rehearsal, seemed impossible. The biggest thing I will take away with me is the confidence I have gained from being part of a great orchestra that is so welcoming.’



The Details

Rehearsals: Sundays, 2.00pm – 5.00pm, usually once every three weeks
Venue: Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham
Age range: 12-18 years – Members are grade 5 standard and above – auditioned
Conductor: Richard Howarth
Rehearsals for the Autumn Term 2017:

September 17, October 8, 22, November 5, 19 *Concert* December 3
NB Please also note November 12 for the Stringwise concert

How to audition

Auditions take place by arrangement. Please call the office if you are interested in auditioning on 0115 958 9312 or email us.

If you’re 12-18 years old and play a string instrument we’d love to hear from you and invite you to experience it for yourself. To become a member we would take the opportunity to hear your playing in an audition, and in particular we are looking for players who:

  • have a minimum standard of Associated Board Grade 5 or its equivalent
  • will be able to attend regularly and will be available to play in all or very nearly all of our concerts (approximately four a year)
  • have some sight-reading ability
  • are interested in performing a wide-ranging repertoire
  • get on well with other people

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