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Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra (GYO)

Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra was formed in 1951 and is one of the county music groups run by Gloucestershire Music (local authority music service).

 The orchestra rehearses on Thursday evenings during term-time, and may give as many as nine concerts a year, performing programmes that range from the 18th century to the present day.

Membership of GYO is by audition only. String, brass and percussion players need to be at around a grade 7 standard and woodwind players around grade 8.

GYO continue their series of concerts reaching the more remote parts of the county and have raised well in excess of £20,000 for local, national and international charities during the year.
In July 2015 and 2016, GYO were awarded national recognition for their performances at Music for Youth as well as special recognition for their innovative performances.


Thursdays from 6.30 - 9 pm (during term time only)

Please check the full rehearsal schedule on the GM calendar



Attendance at every rehearsal and concert is expected. Missing more than two rehearsals per term, for whatever reason, may result in your membership being cancelled. This might appear strict - but, with usually only five or six rehearsals between each concert, it really is vital that you don’t miss any. Missing a concert can result in your membership being cancelled.

Please bring a music stand to every rehearsal/concert.



The music for each concert will be issued to you in a folder. Keep the music in the folder at all times. If for any reason you cannot attend a rehearsal the folder must be returned. You will be expected to pay for the replacement of any music that gets lost. (This could be as much as £60-£70 for the whole folder). Losing your folder is not a good idea! 

Concert Dress

Male: Dinner Jacket, white shirt, black bow-tie, black trousers, black socks, black shoes.  More informal concerts are sometimes in all black so a long sleeve plain black shirt is handy to have.


Jon Trim, Musical Director

Chris Gibbons, Orchestra Manager

Jenny Steele, Sectional Tutor

Nick Steel, Sectional Tutor


For details of costs and how to join click here


Photos from our recent concert at Tewkesbury Abbey:


From the Pulpit                                               From the Nave


GYO Horn players                                           GYO Trombone players


FOGYO  is a charitable organisation set up by parents to support the GYO by providing financial and other support in addition to that provided by Gloucestershire Music.  To find out more please visit our website: www.friendsofgyo.org.uk


Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra is held at:

St Peter's High School, Stroud Road, Gloucester. GL4 0DD

Tel:           Jon Trim Musical Director 01452 330300

Email:       steve.legge@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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