London Youth Recorder Orchestra

Directed by Marion Scott

The next course for LYRO and the Chamber Orchestra will be on August 30th, 31st, September 1st and 2nd 2016 at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The previous courses have been very successful so we can now build on that fine beginning and once again offer this fantastic opportunity to recorder players. LYROTRONICS, by David Moses, is the new piece commissioned especially for LYRO and the first movement was given the World Premier at our April 2015 course. We will be working on further movements in August. To apply you can download the LYRO Application Form 2016 and Teachers’ Reference Form 2016

Who can join the Orchestra?

All recorder players aged 10 – 20.  You need to play at least 2 sizes of recorder, so for example, descant and treble, descant and tenor or treble and bass, and you need to be able to sight read music fluently. There will be no auditions for the Orchestra but we do need a reference from your current recorder teacher, and you should be approximately grade 5 +, up to the most advanced standard. Just make sure you can play a 2-octave chromatic scale.

Is the Orchestra right for me if I am advanced recorder player?

Yes, definitely! As well as opportunities to be a section leader, there will be a Chamber Orchestra formed of the more advanced players from within the Orchestra, who will work separately as well as with the complete Orchestra.

What if I am not advanced enough yet?

We are planning a Training Orchestra, so please complete the Application Form and send it to us and we will let you know about the London Youth Training Recorder Orchestra, LYTRO.

What do I do if I only have the smaller sizes of recorder?

We can lend you tenors and basses and bigger, so just bring the instruments you have.

When is the course?

Tuesday 30th August to Friday 2nd September 2016. Registration will be from 10.00am on the 30th August and the first rehearsal session will be start at 10.30. The day will finish at 5.00pm.

Where is the course to be held?

The venue is still to be confirmed but will probably be Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Will there be a concert?

Yes, there will be a performance at 7.30pm in The Concert Hall at GSMD. This is open to everyone, so please do invite your family and friends to come. The concert will be free of charge. Concert dress is smart black trousers/skirt, black shoes and socks/tights, and a plain blue top of any design or shade.

What will we play?

We will play a wide range of repertoire styles, from the Renaissance and Baroque to modern, so typical of what recorder players enjoy. We will use the entire range of sizes of recorder, from the smallest 6″ Garklein to the huge 72” Contrabass, for a rich recorder sound. The newly commissioned work, LYROTRONICS, written especially for LYRO by David Moses, will form part of our programme again. The first movement was performed at the inaugural course and we have further movements to prepare and enjoy. David will be known to many recorder players as he has composed music for all stages of our recorder playing, from the start with Recorder Boppers, his Tinderbox music, and onwards, including works performed by NYRO.

Who will be conducting the Orchestra?

The LYRO Director is Marion Scott, recorder player and teacher and Head of Recorder Department at Centre for Young Musicians. Alongside her will be: Gail Macleod, who is part of the recorder quartet Consortium 5 Sectional Tutor will be Catherine Bennett, a graduate of RCM Please click on the following link to see tutor biographies: LYRO Tutor Biogs

How much does it cost?

For the 4 days of the course, the cost is £164.00. Please complete the application form; you will be invoiced on acceptance of your application

Can I get help with the cost?

The Walter Bergmann Trust offers grants towards the cost of recorder courses so please visit their website for further information There are also other charities that offer assistance.

How do I apply?

Download and complete the LYRO Application Form 2016 and Teachers Reference Form 2016 Your recorder teacher should complete the Teacher’s Reference form. CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF YOUR APPLICATION FORM IS FRIDAY 29TH JULY 2016.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • A music stand, clearly marked with your name.
  • All your recorders, clearly named.
  • A packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Be sure to bring water to drink before playing!

Contact information

LYRO email: LYRO Director – Marion Scott: 07947 131124 LYRO Administrator at Centre for Young Musicians – Elaine Lewis: 0207 928 3844

What is the Centre for Young Musicians?

CYM is providing the administration support for LYRO. CYM is a Saturday music school based at Morley College, close to Waterloo and the South Bank. Since its founding in 1970, the Centre for Young Musicians has provided high quality progressive music training for thousands of talented children from all of London’s boroughs and beyond. More than 420 young musicians aged 8 to 18 attend the Saturday Centre for 32 weeks of the school year, each following an individual programme of study across a range of genres from classical to jazz, gamelan, folk and music theatre. The Recorder Department thrives in the midst of this. Still more children benefit from CYM’s holiday courses which range from Junior and Intermediate Courses (up to Grade 6 level) to the highly regarded London Schools Symphony Orchestra and the London Youth Wind Band. The most recent addition to these is the newly-formed London Youth Recorder Orchestra. The Centre is committed to providing excellence in achievement alongside wide access.  The CYM Saturday Centre is a Centre for Advanced Training within the Department for Education’s Music & Dance Scheme, and as a Division of the Guildhall School since 2009 CYM also plays a part in the Guildhall Young Artists progression routes, from primary education right through to graduate and post-graduate studies in music

LYRO Application Form

Please print out the two forms and send them to: LYRO at CYM. Morley College 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London. SE1 7HT FORMS CAN ALSO BE SCANNED AND EMAILED TO