Brighton Youth Orchestra

Under the advice of the Government and Department for Education we are working hard to get in-person Music Groups back up and running as soon as it is safe to do so.

Until we can see you again in person, here are some Virtual Music Centre Activities to suit current BYO Members.

Venue: New Asa Briggs Hall, Checkland Building, Falmer Campus, University of Brighton

Day/Time: Fridays 5.45 - 8.45pm  

Conductor: Andy Sherwood

Tutors: Adam Bushell; Eira Owen; Sarah Davison

BYO is the flagship youth orchestra acting as “Young Persons Ambassadors” for the City of Brighton & Hove. The orchestra performs major symphonic repertoire, some of which has been premiered by the orchestra such as Sir John Tavener's 'Exstasis'.  The orchestra also takes part in exciting collaborations with choirs, dance, drama groups and even graffiti artists.


Brighton Youth Orchestra was founded in the late 1940’s and became the first youth orchestra in Great Britain to be directly supported by the local council. For many years the orchestra has been based at the University of Brighton with whom we maintain strong links.


In recent years BYO has performed with Nicola Benedetti, Evelyn Glennie, John Tomlinson, Richard Durrant, Joanna McGregor and Laura van der Heijden and concerts have taken place in such venues as the Dome concert hall in Brighton to Hong Kong and Berlin.


Applications are welcomed from students who have reached a minimum standard of Grade 7 (some sections may accept a lower standard if players show potential at audition).


See the BYO documentary produced following rehearsals during the 2013-14 season.

"They know they are good at what they do and displayed it superbly." - The Argus

"...must rank as one of the finest performances ever given in the 27 years of the Music for Youth School Proms." - Times Education Supplement

"Britain’s Brighton Youth Orchestra rehearse their full repertoire to wow the public South China Morning News

"One often says such and such a concert was remarkable… the word is not strong enough for the performance of these young musicians..." - L’Alsace  

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