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Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2020!

25th February 2020

The Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra (LYSO) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2020. To mark this special anniversary on the 14th and 15th March 2020 they have planned a weekend packed full of musical events and activities, culminating in a Gala concert where players past and present join musical forces!

Since 1970 the LYSO has been providing young musicians in Lancashire with wonderful experience of playing orchestral music with a full symphony orchestra.  The LYSO has provided generations of musicians with high quality training through the coaching of dedicated tutor teams working with professional conductors.

The 50th Anniversary weekend celebrations include LYSO  hosting an Alumni Come and Play Day, alongside their current LYSO playing Dvorak’s 8th Symphony on Saturday March 14th. This event will be held at Ashton Town Hall, Lancaster.  This event will offer ex LYSO players the opportunity to meet up and play with old friends from their time in the LYSO and re-live the music.

The climax of the weekend celebrations will be a Gala Concert on Sunday March 15th at Ashton Town Hall, Lancaster.  Previous players will perform in a side by side concert with the current members of the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra.  This will be a unique opportunity for the young players to experience the thrill of playing with professional players and a fantastic learning opportunity and celebrate all of our Lancashire talent past, present and future.

Lancashire Music Service runs the County Ensembles programme where  generations of young people from across Lancashire have been making music together. Building on this long history, the six ensembles they have today are vibrant, aspirational and exciting to be part of. They meet the needs of young musicians in young musicians today. Lancashire Music Services County Ensembles enable committed young musicians to take their music making to an advanced level, working alongside professional directors and tutors. The opportunity to be part of an ensemble is an important achievement and something that people remember for the rest of their lives. These young people are following the path of many musicians before them, but they are also shaping our county’s musical future and inspire the next generation.

“So many musicians in the region discovered their love of orchestral music through LYSO and continue to play regularly in local orchestras across the country; these musicians are the lifeblood of music making outside of our major cities and play a vital role in providing the cultural lifeblood of our country and county”
Helen Harrison, Music Director LYSO