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Our rehearsals

We run rehearsals focused on developing orchestral skills and musicianship in a relaxed, supportive environment. We believe it is important for our members to have a sense of community, so being part of the orchestra also involves time to socialise in breaks as well as regular social events. We encourage our players to get involved with non-playing elements too if they wish, supporting the running of the orchestra, socials, concerts and music.

Rehearsals take place on Friday nights from 7:30-9:30pm at St Joseph’s College. There is a short break in the middle of the rehearsal.

Joining requirements

We encourage students to try out with us at an informal audition, where students play within the orchestra for a rehearsal, to see how they get on and if we are the right fit.

As a general indication, our students tend to be of secondary school / college age and the equivalent of Grade 5 or above.

We welcome players of all standard orchestral instruments – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani, violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Membership subscriptions

Membership is £74 per term, or £69 for payment by/on the first rehearsal of each term. New members are asked to complete an application form, and payment details are provided after the student has accepted an offer to join.

Want to join?

Get in touch via our Contact page to find out more, ask any questions or sign up for an informal audition.

What our members say about us

When I first joined RYO I was really nervous, but was immediately welcomed by all the other players who both supported me in my playing and included me in all the many varied games played during the break.
Pippa, Clarinet
I love being part of RYO because everyone is friendly and supportive. I enjoy the variety of pieces we play and I always feel happy going there.
Nolan playing the cello
Nolan, Cello
One of the things that makes RYO enjoyable is how dedicated everyone is, and how determined we all are to play each piece to the best of our abilities.
Jennifer, Clarinet