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.

New players are always very welcome – contact us to arrange to come for a tryout day
(As a guide the standard for the LSSO is strings grade 2-3 and above, wind grade 4 and above)

The orchestra offers you the opportunity to work with inspiring leaders and professional musicians, alongside like-minded young people from across Lancashire.

Rehearsals are at Lostock Hall Academy on alternate Sundays and there is an exciting programme of forthcoming events including concerts, courses and workshops.

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.


Venue: Lostock Hall Academy, Todd Lane North, Lostock Hall, Preston, PR5 5UR           

Time: Sunday, 10.00am – 3.30pm  

Spring Term 2020

Sunday January 12th      Rehearsal 7

Sunday January 26th      Rehearsal 8 

Sunday February 9th      Rehearsal 9 

Sunday February 16th       Strings Workshop Day (string players only) 


Booking and other information for anyone wishing to book*** is HERE

Monday February 17th       Woodwind Workshop Day** (10am to 4pm) Lostock Academy

**Woodwind players need to sign up on Eventbrite HERE

Sunday March 1st         Rehearsal 10 

Sunday March 15th LYSO 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT – Special event not to be missed!!

Free ticket for LSSO players plus one adult (further tickets on sale)

2pm LSSO/LYSO players invited to special pre-concert talk with LYSO/LSSO alumni

3pm Concert  – Invited LYSO professional alumni side by side with the LYSO

Booking and concert information HERE

Sunday March 29th    Rehearsal 11

(with video and audio recordings taking place for use in promotional material)

Summer Term 2020

Friday April 17th       Brass Workshop Day*** 

***Brass players need to sign up on Eventbrite HERE

Sunday April 26th     Rehearsal 12 

Sunday June 7th       Rehearsal 13 

Saturday June 13th Concert – Pendle Schools Festival

Sunday June 21st      Rehearsal 14 

Sunday June 28th     Rehearsal 15 – AUDITIONS FOR LSSO TO LYSO

Wednesday July 1st   Joint Concert – Poulton Music Centre

Sunday July 5th        Rehearsal 16 – Final ‘Bring a Friend’ rehearsal with favourite pieces, learning to conduct and more! 

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.  

In the rare cases of unavoidable, exceptional absences please ensure that you inform Ann Connal/Karen Giudici as soon as you are aware as your absences impact rehearsal schedule and tutor availability.  Thank you.

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 2: age 7-11