In addition to the main Saturday Centre the London Centre for Young Musicians organises a range of Holiday Courses, which are open to all of London’s young musicians regardless of attending CYM during term time.
London Schools Symphony Orchestra & London Youth Wind Band
CYM London also manages the London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) and the London Youth Wind Band (LYWB) – senior ensembles for players of Grade 7 standard and above with entry by audition (please see separate pages for details): LSSO & LYWB. You can also visit the LSSO Facebook page here, https://www.facebook.com/londonschoolssymphonyorchestra/
Reviews of the LSSO
January 2017 – See below some great reviews of the LSSO from the Evening Standard, Telegraph and Classical Source.
London Schools Chamber Orchestra
The London Schools Chamber Orchestra runs alongside the LSSO Christmas and Easter courses and acts as a springboard for less experienced string players into the LSSO.
London Youth Recorder Orchestra
The London Youth Recorder Orchestra (LYRO) is for all recorder players aged 10 – 20. Students need to play at least 2 sizes of recorder, so for example, descant and treble, descant and tenor or treble and bass, and be able to sight read music fluently. There are no auditions for the Orchestra but we do ask for a reference from applicants’ current recorder teacher. Students should be approximately grade 5 +, up to the most advanced standard.
JUNIOR & INTERMEDIATE SUMMER MUSIC SCHOOL
Open access courses (no audition needed) which offer a stimulating, friendly, and highly enjoyable musical experience for children aged from 6 to 16. The courses are led by specialist tutors working alongside a caring team of pastoral staff and are designed to provide a progressive musical pathway for children, complimenting their regular term time activities both in and out of school.
The courses culminate in an informal performance open to parents and friends and include ensemble playing, orchestra, singing and creative work.
ABRSM Grade 5 Theory Booster Days
This course is a booster, crammer day for musicians who are preparing for the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory qualification. The requirements of each question that is usually set will be examined in detail with a strategy for tackling each one. A mock examination will be devised to give each participant an idea of what will be involved. We encourage applicants to bring any questions about aspects of the examination that are causing them concern. At the end of that day, it is envisaged that those who have attended will be equipped to do well when they sit the examination’.
The course is usually held in the Easter break to prepare for the June exam.
For further details about this holiday course please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7928 3844.
GCSE Music Revision Day
Easter Holiday course for Edexcel board
This course will focus on the specific requirements for the listening skills for Edexcel GCSE Music exams. The course will develop student’s skills and build their confidence as they prepare for their GCSE exam in the summer. Like the Grade 5 theory booster course this is usually held in the Easter break.