Practical Details

SYO has three 11 week terms, which wherever possible we try to coincide with local school holidays and half terms:

  • Autumn Term – September to December.
  • Spring Term – January to March.
  • Summer Term – April to July

Sectional rehearsals are held each term for the both Orchestras, giving them the opportunity to learn from other music professionals.

Main Orchestra:

  • Rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.

Training Orchestra:

  • Rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 2.00pm to 3.50pm.

Rehearsals are held at:

Main Orchestra
Saint Cecilia’s Church of England School
Sutherland Grove
London SW18 5JR

Training Orchestra
St. Paul’s Community Centre
23 Inner Park Road
SW19 6ED

At the end of each term there is a concert involving both the Main Orchestra and the Training Orchestra. Concert venues include prestigious London Concert venues such as the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square.

All existing players are re-auditioned at the beginning of each season to assess musical progress and review the positioning of players in the orchestras.