31 August 2013: We are delighted that our Life Patron, Adrian Brown, has been awarded the 2013 Lady Hilary Groves Prize. This prize is awarded by Making Music, the umbrella organisation for voluntary music in the UK, to an individual from a Making Music group for improving the musical life of their local community. Adrian has been given this award in recognition of his work as Musical Director of Stoneleigh over 40 years.
About Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
We aim to be the best youth orchestra in London, providing an orchestral environment which is challenging, fun, friendly and supportive, in which committed young musicians of all backgrounds can develop their skills and nurture a lifelong love of music. Our rehearsal base is in Wimbledon and we perform regularly in the best concert halls in and around London, giving three or four concerts a year. Recent venues include St. John’s, Smith Square, the refurbished Radio Theatre at the BBC, Great Portland Street, and Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square.
There are two orchestras: the main orchestra and a training orchestra for younger players or those working towards the standard of the main orchestra. You need to be Grade 6 and above for the main orchestra and at least Grade 4 for the training orchestra. Some main orchestra players choose to join the training orchestra in order to gain experience on their second instrument. Auditions for potential new players are held at the beginning of each term, and there is an annual re-audition for existing players. The summer tour is an integral part of SYO life. Not only is it great fun, but it also has the effect of dramatically improving the standard of playing.
Robert Hodge is our Musical Director, who succeeded Adrian Brown in April 2013. Dan Shilladay is our Assistant Conductor, who takes the Training Orchestra rehearsals, and leads strings sectionals for the Main Orchestra.
Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra is wholly independent. A registered charity (charity no. 280297), it is financed solely by players' membership subscriptions, and income from concert tickets, donations and fund raising. Financial assistance towards the cost of membership is available. No person who is musically eligible will be denied access to membership for financial reasons.The orchestra is governed by a constitution, and managed by an executive committee of parents (trustees) and friends elected at the Annual General Meeting. The committee also includes the Musical Director, the Orchestra Leaders and elected player representatives.
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