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London Youth Recorder Orchestra

Directed by Marion Scott


The next course for LYRO will be the Playing Day on April 3rd, 4th and 5th 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity for recorder players across London and beyond, so you are invited to apply now by completing the LYRO Application Form.

Who can join the Orchestra?

All recorder players aged 10 – 20; you do not have to live in London to attend. You need to play at least 2 sizes of recorder, so for example, descant and treble, descant and tenor or treble and bass, and you need to be able to sight read music fluently. There will be no auditions for the Orchestra but we do need a reference from your current recorder teacher, and you should be approximately grade 5 +, up to the most advanced standard.

What do I do if I only have the smaller sizes of recorder?

We can lend you tenors and basses and bigger, so just bring the instruments you have.

Is the Orchestra right for me if I am advanced recorder player?

Yes, definitely! As well as opportunities to be a section leader, where appropriate, there will be a Chamber Orchestra formed from the more advanced players within the Orchestra, who will work separately, as well as with the complete Orchestra.

What if I am not advanced enough yet?

We have a training orchestra that runs alongside LYRO, so please complete the LYTRO Application Form, email it to us and we will let you know about the London Youth Training Recorder Orchestra, LYTRO.

When is the course?

April 3, 4 and 5 2017.

Registration will be at 10.00am and the day will finish at 4.00pm.

Where is the course to be held?

Guildhall School, Silk Street, Barbican, London EC2Y

Will there be a concert?

Yes, there will be an informal performance at the end of the course, on 5th April 2017 at 7.30 – 8.30 pm at GSMD. This is open to everyone, so please do invite your family and friends to come.

Concert dress is black trousers/skirt, black shoes and socks/tights, and a plain blue top of any design or shade.

What will we play?

We will play a wide range of repertoire styles, from the Renaissance and Baroque to modern, so typical of what recorder players enjoy. We will use the entire range of sizes of recorder, from the smallest 6″ Garklein to the huge 72” Contrabass, for a rich recorder sound.

The especially commissioned work LYROTRONICS will form part of the repertoire where possible.

How much does it cost?

The cost is £126.00 for 3 days. Please complete the application form; you will be invoiced on acceptance of your application.

Can I get help with the cost?

The Walter Bergmann Trust offers grants towards the cost of recorder courses so please visit their website for further information

There are also other charities that offer assistance.

How do I apply?

Complete the Application Form which is available by email from

If you are new to LYRO, your recorder teacher should complete the Teacher’s Reference form.


Please return it by email to

When do I have to pay?

You will receive an Invoice on acceptance of your application, shortly before the course begins.

What do I need to bring with me?

A soft pencil, e.g. 2B.

All your recorders, clearly named.

A packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Be sure to bring water to drink before playing!

Contact details for further information:

LYRO email:

LYRO Director – Marion Scott: 07947 131124

LYRO Application Form April 2017

Disability & Monitoring Form April 2017

LYRTO teachers reference form









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