Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2020!

The Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra (LYSO) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2020. To mark this special anniversary on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2020 they have planned a weekend packed full of musical events and activities, culminating in a Gala concert where players past and present join musical forces!

Since 1970 the LYSO has been providing young musicians in Lancashire with wonderful experience of playing orchestral music with a full symphony orchestra.  The LYSO has provided generations of musicians with high quality training through the coaching of dedicated tutor teams working with professional conductors.

The 50th Anniversary weekend celebrations include an Alumni “Come and Play” Day, playing Dvorak’s 8th Symphony on Saturday March 14th. This event will be held at Ashton Hall, Lancaster with players who have been part of the LYSO over its 50 year history working alongside current members.  This event will bring together different generations of musicians and many will have the opportunity to meet up and play with old friends from the orchestra.  For more details

The climax of the weekend celebrations will be a Gala Concert on Sunday March 15th at Ashton Hall, Lancaster.  Selected former LYSO members now working as professional musicians will perform in a side by side concert with the current members of the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra.  This will be a unique opportunity for the young players to experience the thrill of playing with professional players. It will be a fantastic learning opportunity and celebrate all of our Lancashire talent past, present and future.

“So many musicians in the region discovered their love of orchestral music through LYSO and continue to play regularly in local orchestras across the country; these musicians are the lifeblood of music making outside of our major cities and play a vital role in providing the cultural lifeblood of our country and county” Helen Harrison, Music Director LYSO

LYSO are looking for alumni players to share their memories and pictures on Facebook (@lancsyouthorchestra) and Twitter (@LancsYso) using the hashtag #LYSO50.