Founded in 1944, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra is one of the oldest youth orchestras in the UK. Based in Wimbledon, London, we currently have over 160 players aged from 8 to 18, drawn from around 80 different schools all over Surrey and south and west London.
Stoneleigh comprises two orchestras: the Main Orchestra, aimed at musicians who are the equivalent of Grade 7 standard or above, and the Training Orchestra, designed for less experienced musicians who are at least Grade 4 standard. The orchestras rehearse in Wimbledon on Sunday afternoons during school term time and perform three concerts a year in some of the best concert halls in London and Surrey. Recent venues include Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Dorking Halls, and the Royal College of Music. The Main Orchestra also undertakes a week-long tour in Europe each July.