Conductor: Adam Barker
Membership requirements: grade 6 and above, by audition
Audition requirements: submit a video recording (8 mins max in total) of two contrasting pieces
Rehearsals: Saturdays 9.15-10.15am (full Symphony Orchestra) & 10.45-11.45am (strings only)
West Sussex Youth Orchestra sits at the pinnacle of the progression of string orchestras and wind bands offered by West Sussex Music and has performed regularly in the finals of the Music for Youth National Festival at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, in venues across West Sussex and toured Europe including Germany (2016) and Belgium (2018). Unfortunately, the pandemic meant a foreign tour to France in 2020 was cancelled, but we are keen to tour again as soon possible. Current repertoire includes Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony, Concerto Grosso No 1 (Corelli), Farandole (Bizet), Te Deum (Charpentier), Danzas Cubanas (Sheldon), Crisantemi (Puccini) and Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)
When Adam went to the Royal College of Music, he discovered another world which needed to be shared, so he soon returned to West Sussex to tell the tale. He learnt lots from a spell as a Professor at Junior Guildhall, and by the good fortune of having made music under the baton of magical people like Menuhin. By removing barriers, Adam helps young musicians to find their superpower, to express their humanity and sometimes their dreams, sharing the transformative power of music. Adam lives between the Downs and the Sea in an old house with four walls and a roof that always needs mending. He likes to play his violin, dig the garden, swim in the sea, and go for family walks with his whippet Archie.