Reading Youth Orchestra

A small, friendly community of young musicians based in Reading, Berkshire. One of the oldest youth orchestras in the UK, we're proud to be continuing a long history of providing local students with a place to play great music in a supportive environment every Friday night.

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Why our members love RYO

  • Supportive environment – we build each other up
  • Friendly and relaxed – we’re a mini community
  • Exciting repertoire – from Beethoven to James Bond
  • Musical development – improve your skills
  • Creative opportunities – play solos, compositions and arrangements

Latest news

Front page of English Folk Songs Suite score, by Vaughan Williams, with a conductor's baton

RYO Spring Concert 2022 at St Joseph's College, Sunday 3rd April. Find the programme notes for the music here.

Jennifer writes about her arrangement of Songs from the African-American Railroad

Composer Caitlin Harrison, who will compose a piece for us as part of the Adopt a Music Creator project.

RYO and Reading's Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra were selected to take part in Making Music's Adopt a Music Creator project 2022.

Part of the orchestra playing in front of a Christmas tree

Christmas Concert 2021

RYO performed their Christmas Concert at St Joseph's College, as the PACT Christmas Concert was cancelled. They played three pieces which were recorded for the charity PACT to share with their supporters.

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What our members say about us

Of all the ensembles I have ever been a part of, RYO truly stands out from the pack and is a constant reminder to me of why I love music. The enthusiasm of its leaders, the quality of its music, and the friendliness of its members provides nothing short of an extraordinary setting for not just growth as a musician, but also growth as a person.
Daniel, French Horn
RYO is such an amazing community of like-minded musical people that is inclusive of everyone, and the end of term social, with activities ranging from quizzes to film nights to ice skating, really reflects this. My favourite part of RYO is the concerts because of all the hard work we put into it, and because you can see how far the orchestra has come when the piece comes together.
Pippa, Clarinet
Since joining RYO last year, Friday evenings have been the highlight of my week. Even on Zoom it was clear to tell how enthusiastic everyone was about their instrument, which means that as well as creating some amazing videos, I've made great friends too!
Jennifer, Clarinet

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