Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra
Contact County Activities Team
Hertfordshire Music Service
St Albans Music School
Phone(s): 01727 860941 (ext 207)
Fax: 01727 844699
Web pages: www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk
Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra meets during the autumn, spring and summer holidays. The courses are usually for 3-4 days. Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra that has been successfully developed an exciting mix of opportunities from 'traditional' orchestral courses and concerts, through collaborations with other County Groups to creative projects.
Recent repertoire has included Borodin Symphony no.2, Marquez Danzon no.2 and a programme of music from film. The orchestra also runs occasional courses as the Hertfordshire Schools' String Orchestra. The orchestra led the Hertfordshire Sing Up Gala 2010 at the Royal Albert Hall on 7th March 2010 in a performance including specially commissioned works for orchestra and massed choirs, with a choir involving over two and a half thousand Hertfordshire school children.
The orchestra works with professional conductors and experienced sectional tutors from within the County teaching staff. Auditionees will usually be senior members of their Area Youth Orchestra having reached a minimum standard of Grade VII.
All members of HSSO have the opportunity to progress to the County Youth Orchestra; this is normally by further audition.
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