Brighton Youth Orchestra

We are delighted to confirm the return of our Youth Orchestra from Friday 11 June.  Please visit our google calendar for details of upcoming rehearsals.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you would like to continue with a Virtual Music Centre Activity, please see some suitable ones below.

Orchestra Online 2

VMC Strings

Jazz & Funk 2

Venue: TBC

Day/Time: Fridays 6.15 - 8pm 

Conductor: Peter Davison and Andy Sherwood

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).


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