SUFFOLK YOUTH MUSIC ALUMNI 2010s
Suffolk Youth Music 2015-2018
I spent 3 years playing horn in SYO and can honestly say I have made some very good long lasting friends out of it. I am currently a maths student at Durham University, where I play horn in many orchestras and tuba in a functional band. I'd say the skills I learned coming through the Suffolk Music ranks will play a big part in my university life and will likely play a big role in the rest of my life to come.
Suffolk Youth Music 2014-2019
I am currently in my fifth and final season of playing with SYO and I've been able to explore orchestral repertoire I wouldn't have encountered at such a young age. After A Levels, I auditioned for a number of conservatoire places, with four acceptance letters. I am currently one fifth of the Pneuma Wind Quintet, an up and coming ensemble based in South Wales.
I'm currently in my first year at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying oboe/cor anglais under Amy Mackean, with an ambition to play professionally in orchestras.
Suffolk Youth Music
I played in WSYWB, WSYO and SSYO for 4 years, and I'm about to start my 6th year in SYO (5th year as principal flute), and enter into Year 12 at Norwich School, where I will be studying History, French and Music A levels. I have loved being part of such an incredible community, playing some amazing repertoire, and making friends with such great people.
Suffolk Youth Music 2012-2017
Former SYO, WSYO and SYS cellist, currently guest section leader of the Glasgow Phil. Studying MA Hons Politics at University of Glasgow, and keen for music to remain predominantly a passion and not a career. Stood in the 2017 general election as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Glasgow South West, and currently applying to be an officer in the Royal Navy.
Key founder of the Medusa Review, a newspaper run from the University of Glasgow.
Suffolk Youth Music 2010-2012
Lucy joined SYM playing Tenor Sax and Clarinet in SYWB. She now works in Marketing in London, managing ad campaigns for well known brands such as Sony Music, NatWest and Next. Although her career is not music-focused, she is still very much involved with it in her personal time; playing with the BBC Elstree Concert Band, songwriting/performing, and she is a Civilian Instructor for the 56 (Woolwich) Squadron Air Cadets, where she leads their Marching Band and Choir
Suffolk Youth Music 2015-2019
I joined the South Suffolk Wind band in 2015 where I played the clarinet and moved into the South suffolk Orchestra a few months after joining. In 2017-2018 I was a member of the Suffolk Youth Wind ensemble where I played clarinet and saxophone. I am currently studying for my A levels at Farlingaye Sixth form and hope to go into study economics at Durham next year.
Suffolk Youth Music 2010-2019
I play the cello. I started playing the violin at the age of 7 and joined sym in 2010 only a year after. At the age of 11 I decided to take up the cello and a year later, chose to carry on with cello instead. I stayed in Sym thereafter, joining various orchestras such as Sys and Syo. I have taken part in opertunities such as the Sony project with Syo and also playing alongside the Suffolk Philharmonic orchestra including a workshop with one of the members of Spo. I support smart as it allows young musicians like myself to persue a musical career. Being a part of sym has changed my life and I hope to become a freelance musician after my university or conservatoire experience.
Suffolk Youth Music 2010-present
Sophie began playing the violin, aged 8, with Suffolk County Music lessons at school and at the age of 10 began working her way up the Suffolk Youth Music ensemble program where she now leads Suffolk Youth Orchestra. Sophie attends Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she learns with Akiko Ono and is an enthusiastic member of the Symphony Orchestra and chamber choir there. Sophie enjoys participating in local music making and often plays with Wolsey Orchestra and the Kingfisher Ensemble and has Worked closely with Music In Felixstowe over the years. Now in her last year at Kesgrave High School, Sophie hopes to take a gap year before exploring a possible career path in music.
Suffolk Youth Music 2012-2019
Charlie is a drummer and percussionist from Ipswich currently studying BMus Music Performance at the London College of Music.
He is competent in many styles of music playing in Big Bands, Pit Orchestras, Small Jazz Ensembles and Symphony Orchestras. Much of this experience has come from various Suffolk Youth Music groups from a young age.
Charlie has enjoyed a long association with Suffolk Youth Music playing with the SYWO, SSYO, SYWB and ending with his three years in SYO. He is passionate about the teaching of music at a young age as he feels that it has made him the musician he is today.
Suffolk Youth Music 2011-2017
Joe began playing Trumpet in 2007, aged 9, at Leiston Middle School under tuition from Suffolk County Music Service tutors. From there he also began playing cornet in the Royal British Legion Brass Band, Leiston, as well as in the school brass band. Upon moving up to Leiston High School in 2011 he joined the North Suffolk Youth Concert Band (NSYCB) in Lowestoft, where he enjoyed playing in many concerts, particularly at Trinity Park, Ipswich featuring massed bands of other area ensembles from the County Music Service as well as military bands, including Bands of the Lifeguards and Parachute Regiment. After a year of playing in NSYCB, Joe was then accepted into the Suffolk Youth Wind Band, touring France and Spain in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In 2013, Joe was part of the new Suffolk Youth Brass Ensemble (SYBE) which was formed by Head of Brass, Vince Taber to perform to celebrate a gathering of the Dunkirk Little Ships. SYBE later went on to undertake two workshops with players from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, both resulting in performances at the Ipswich Regent. Joe also toured three times with the Suffolk Youth Orchestra (SYO) to: Czech Republic and Slovakia (2015); Germany (2016); and Poland (2017). The 2016/17 SYO season was very exciting as the orchestra undertook two performances of The Battle of the Somme at The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds and Snape Maltings. These were amongst his favourite SYO moments. Following on from his time in Suffolk Youth Music, Joe has gone on to studying Trumpet at degree level at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. Since begininng in 2017 he has performed with various college ensembles, including the RWCMD Brass Band, performing in St David's Hall, Cardiff as well as venues in London and Cambridge. Outside of college Joe is a member of the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band, a championship section band who, in 2018, enjoyed qualifying for and competing in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall, London; the first time the band has appeared in the prestigious competition since 1974! Looking forward, Joe can't wait to see what the future brings!