The Reading Youth Orchestra committee, our friends & sponsors

Friends of Reading Youth Orchestra (FRYO)

FRYO is a group formed from parents of orchestra members and other interested parties. It provides a vital support role for the orchestra by:

  • Taking on most of the concert organisation
  • Providing funds for music hire
  • Assisting with staffing costs
  • Subsidising the costs of the summer tour

We need more parents to get involved in the work that FRYO does, the orchestra simply could not run without it.
The Friends Committee is run by Anne Ballard. We have received a great deal of support in the form of local company sponsorship in recent years, however we are currently without a major sponsor. We are therefore looking for local companies to sponsor or assist us.

Please contact Anne Ballard if you have any ideas or are interested in assisting or joining the committee.

Membership and organisation

Recruitment for membership is a key focus for FRYO, currently former members and other additional players join RYO for concerts to lend their experience and add to the size of the orchestra.
We are grateful to Rachel Newman for her help and as RYO’s acting leader. Reading Youth Orchestra is directed by Paul Cox whose input, teaching and musical leadership have been invaluable.

Last, but not least, we owe many thanks to the parents who have assisted on Friday evenings, helped with concerts and with poster distribution.