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West Sussex Youth Orchestra

West Sussex Youth Orchestra offers talented musicians opportunities to develop their instrumental playing, build the skills needed to play in an orchestra, learn beautiful music and to have fun along the way.

Led by musical director Adam Barker, sessions are dynamic and creative offering musicians a chance to build their confidence and discover the joy of making music together.

Join West Sussex Youth Orchestra

Youth Orchestra

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).

The current repertoire for 2022/23 includes:

  • Ancient Aires and Dances (by Respighi)
  • West Side Story (a selection from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein)
  • Italian Folk Festival (A selection of Folk music arranged by Jack Bullock, rich in melody and tradition)
  • Godfather (Nino Rota)
  • Prelude to La Traviata (Verdi)


Who can join?  Grade 5 and above, by audition

How do I audition?  Submit a video recording (8 mins max in total) of two contrasting pieces and upload with your online application

When does the orchestra take place? Rehearsals take place on Saturdays during term-time at Horsham Music Centre, c/o The College of Richard Collyer, Horsham, RH12 2EJ

What do you have planned for the 2022/23 season?  We have three concerts planned at Worthing Assembly Hall and The Capitol, Horsham, and a week’s European concert tour in July 2023.

ADAM BARKER | Conductor
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


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