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Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra - Lancashire Music Hub

Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra

Our Schools Symphony Orchestra is one of Lancashire Music Service’s county ensembles, providing inspiring opportunities for young musicians across the county.



The Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra acts as a preparatory ensemble for the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra, providing young instrumentalists with their first experience of playing symphonic orchestral music. As a guide, the standard required for the LSSO is Grade 4 wind/brass and Grade 3 strings.

The LSSO shares the same rehearsal facilities and concert venues as the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra. The morning session of each rehearsal is spent in sectionals. These sessions are directed by Lancashire Music Service staff along with a team of professional musicians drawn from leading orchestras in the UK. The afternoon is a full orchestra rehearsal.

Earlier this year Lancashire Music Hub, County Ensembles appointed a new conductor to the Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO), Paul Swannell – read more about Paul here.

There are 16 rehearsals per academic year.

Forthcoming Events:

Autumn Term 2018

Sunday September 2nd          Rehearsal 1

Sunday September 16th         Rehearsal 2 (Pre-Course Information meeting for Parents/Carers)

Friday September 28th– Sunday 30th Residential Course, Castle Head Field Centre, Grange

Sunday October 7th                 Rehearsal 3

Sunday November 4th             Rehearsal 4

Sunday November 18th           Rehearsal 5

Sunday November 25th          Rehearsal 6


Spring Term 2019                

Sunday January 13th              Rehearsal  7

Sunday January 27th              Rehearsal  8

Sunday February 10th            Rehearsal 9

Sunday February 17th         Strings Workshop Day (string players only)*


Sunday March 3rd                   Rehearsal 10

Sunday March 17th                Rehearsal 11

Summer Term 2019

Sunday April 28th                   Rehearsal 12

Sunday May 12th                     Rehearsal 13

Sunday June 23rd                  Rehearsal 14 – Open Rehearsal

Sunday June 30th                   Rehearsal 15 – Auditions for new players/LSSO to LYSO

Sunday July 7th                      Rehearsal 16   (Pre-Course Tour meeting for Parents/Carers)

Please put these dates in your calendar. As a member of a county ensemble, we expect you to be committed to attending rehearsals and events to ensure that high performance standards are achieved.

Follow us on Facebook @lancsyouthorchestra and Twitter @LSSO16

For dates of events or concerts visit the events page here.




Sundays 10am-3.30pm Lostock Hall Academy


  • Classical
  • Orchestral


  • Brass
  • Drums / Percussion
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Ensembles

Age Ranges

  • Key Stage 3: age 11-14
  • Key Stage 4: age 14-16
  • Key Stage 5: age 16-18