Surrey County Youth Orchestra (SCYO), formed in 1967, is a full symphony orchestra comprising around 85 instrumentalists from all parts of Surrey. It performs a varied repertoire from the 18th to 21st centuries.

The orchestra aims to give at least one concert each term, performing regularly at The Harlequin in Redhill, Dorking Halls, Farnham Maltings and HG Wells in Woking, as well as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican.

Young people who wish to study music seriously find the intensive professional coaching available in the orchestra invaluable. An increasing number of our members become professional musicians, a few as soloists and recitalists, others as members of leading orchestras and many more as instrumental teachers in universities, colleges and schools. The SCYO includes several National Youth Orchestra players and ex-members have auditioned successfully for the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Every two years the orchestra undertakes an overseas tour and in recent years has visited Italy, Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Poland and Holland.

The orchestra rehearses each Friday evening during term time at Westfield School, Woking, from 6.45 to 9pm. It is tutored by a team of professional musicians.

Membership is open to string, woodwind, brass and percussion players up to the age of 21. Players should be of approximately Grade 7 standard or above, but there is no need to have taken an exam. Admission to the orchestra is by audition.

The orchestra is supported in its work by the Association of Friends of Surrey County Youth Orchestra. To find out more, go to http://www.fscyo.org.uk/.

Further details and application forms can be obtained from Alison Harding: