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Friday, 24 June 2005


This is Scywo, the Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra. According to the website, and its promotional pamphlets, it

is a full symphonic wind orchestra with over 50 of the most talented young woodwind, brass and percussion players from all parts of Surrey . The orchestra performs a wide variety of music - ranging from original wind orchestra works, including commissions from composers such as Stephen Dodgson and Michael Ball, to lighter film and seasonal music. More recent commissions include New London Pictures by Nigel Hess, premiered in March 2003 at the Farnham Maltings, and Something Really Big, written for massed junior choir and wind orchestra, premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in December 2003.

SCYWO aims to give one or two concerts each term. The orchestra has performed at concert venues throughout Surrey including the Guildford Civic Hall, Epsom Playhouse, Farnham Maltings, and Dorking Halls plus major London venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican.

The biannual overseas tours are an integral part of the orchestra’s activities. It has now undertaken no fewer than nine highly successful overseas concert tours, visiting France , Germany , Switzerland , Luxembourg , Denmark , Sweden , Spain , Italy , Austria and the Czech Republic . In our most recent tour (July 2003) we had a very exciting and enjoyable trip to Leipzig and Prague - the highlight being a performance in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig (J S Bach�s church) where the orchestra played to a capacity audience of over 900 people. Plans are already well advanced for our 2005 tour to Strasbourg and Italy.

Pinkie performs in the orchestra and I took the photo at their concert in Christ Church, Woking, on 18 June 2005.

Before Skywo we had a warm up concert from the Lincoln Way Central High School Music Department, from New Lenox, Illinois, USA. They toured England from 11 to 20 June 2005 and gave performances by their choir, orchestra and band. Unfortunately my photographs of their groups came out a bit dark.

Posted by bigblue on 24/06/2005 at 11:24 PM
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