On Sunday June 22nd, some of the finest young musicians across South Gloucestershire and Bristol will come together at the Armstrong Hall in Thornbury to learn a symphony in a day. This year, the symphony is Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony. Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony was one of the first large-scale works to bring the composer international recognition. Dedicated to the conductor of the Vienna Phil at the time, Hans Richter, it sees Dvorak blend his nationalistic idiom of Czech folk music with a more Germanic Classical-Romantic form.

The musicians will meet at 1pm, and the day promises to have a real mix of activities for everyone:

1pm-3pm – Rehearsal. Under the skilled baton of Chris Sanders (a graduate of Bath Spa Uni and in demand as both a trumpeter and Musical Director), the orchestra will begin preparations on the symphony.

3pm-4pm – Alexander Technique Masterclass with Lisa Clarke. Lisa is a qualified and experienced teacher of the Alexander Technique. As well as her busy practice in Clifton, she specialises in work with schools, in particular those working in sports and the arts. The Alexander Technique includes principals on how to use the body more efficiently,  decreasing strain and helping to prevent injury, as well as allowing the individual to reach their true potential. Lisa will also be on hand to answer an questions the player have.

4pm-5.45 – Rehearsal. Preparations will continue on the Symphony. There will also be a rehearsal of Britten’s Soirees Musicales, ready for the orchestra’s special performance at Music for Youth in Birmingham on July 12th.

5.45-6.15 – Open Rehearsal with Bone Appetit. This young and exciting trombone quartet form the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will be holding an open rehearsal and discussion session with the orchestra players. It is a great opportunity for them to watch a chamber group rehearse, as well as asking them questions about life at music college and the application process.

7pm – ConcertThe first half of the concert will be with Bone Appetit, with SCYO performing the Britten and the Dvorak after the interval (refreshments available). There are no advance tickets, and donations on the door.

I hope you can join us for what promises to be a fantastic evening of musical entertainment.

If you have a young player (gr4+) on an orchestral instrument, there are still a couple of places available – but you must contact info@scyo.co.uk immediately!