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Ensembles

We offer a variety of ensembles for orchestral and band instrumentalists, which are organised by Julia Parlett, Ensembles & Events Coordinator. There are bands and orchestras for young musicians of all ages and abilities. The ensembles rehearse on weekday evenings during term time and are a great way to enjoy music-making and meet friends. There are concerts at the end of each term and players can also take part in our residential music weekends away (years 4-8) and European concert tours (year 9+).

All players, except those wishing to join YMSG and SYTB, are required to audition if they want to move up to the next ensemble or join another ensemble. We also offer provide two auditioned choirs as a progression opportunity for young singers.

Current fees are £64 per term and £32 for siblings. An additional £11 is charged for each subsequent ensemble.

Please contact us for advice on joining an appropriate ensemble.Please complete an application form if you would like to be considered for a place in one of our ensembles.

YMSG - Young Musicians String Group
Rehearsals: Mondays, 5.00-6.00pm
St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam SM2 7HF
Conductor: Philip Aslangul
Tutors: David Brooker, Annmarie McDade

Young Musicians String Group (YMSG) members are beginners with two to three terms' experience of learning their instrument. The ensemble consists of violins, violas, cellos and double basses.


Rehearsal dates for 2019-20

September 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 28
November 4, 11, 18
January 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 2, 9, 16
April 27
May 4, 11, 18
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6


Concerts 2019-20

Monday 25 November 2019 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Monday 23 March 2020 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Saturday 11 July 2020 - Fairfield Halls, Croydon Halls


YMTO - Young Musicians Training Orchestra
Rehearsals: Mondays, 6.00-7.00pm
St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam SM2 7HF
Conductor: David Brooker
Tutors: Annmarie McDade, Philip Aslangul, Amanda Lakin, Billy Fisher, Stephen Matthews

Young Musicians Training Orchestra (YMTO) is the first full orchestra for young players of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The orchestra performs a wide range of repertoire including classical, film and pop music.



Rehearsal dates for 2019-20

September 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 28
November 4, 11, 18
January 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 2, 9, 16
April 27
May 4, 11, 18
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6


Concerts 2019-20

Monday 25 November 2019 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Monday 23 March 2020 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Saturday 11 July 2020 - Fairfield Halls, Croydon



YMO - Young Musicians Orchestra
Rehearsals: Fridays, 4.45-6.15pm
St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam SM2 7HF
Conductor: Frank Zielhorst
Tutors: Charlotte Aslangul, Sarah Hackett, Mark Lipski, Rich Lines-Davies, Paul Martin, Helen Burgess

Young Musicians Orchestra (YMO) has the same instrumentation as YMTO but performs a more challenging repertoire that includes music of many different styles.


Rehearsal dates for 2019-20

September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18
November 1, 8, 15, 22
January 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 28
March 6, 20, 19
May 1, 15, 22
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3


Concerts 2019-20

Monday 25 November 2019 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Thursday 26 March 2020 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Saturday 11 July 2020 - Fairfield Halls, Croydon Sunday 14 July 2019 - Dorking Halls


SYSO - Sutton Youth Symphony Orchestra
Rehearsals: Fridays, 5.30-8.00pm
St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam SM2 7HF
Conductor: Philip Aslangul
Tutors: Charlotte Aslangul, Sarah Hackett, Mark Lipski, Rich Lines-Davies, Paul Martin, Helen Burgess

Sutton Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO) is a full symphony orchestra for advanced orchestral instrumentalists. The repertoire is demanding and varied and senior players are often invited to perform solo concertos with the orchestra. The orchestra takes part in annual European concert tours (year 9+) and has performed at many prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Fesitval Hall and Dorking Halls.


Rehearsal dates for 2019-20

September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18
November 1, 8, 15, 22
January 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 28
March 6, 20, 19
May 1, 15, 22
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3

Concerts 2019-20

Friday 29 November 2019 - TBC
Friday 13 December 2019 Christmas Cracker - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Friday 27 March 2020 - TBC
Saturday 11 July 2020 - Fairfield Halls, Croydon

SYTB - Sutton Youth Training Band
Rehearsals: Mondays, 4.45-5.45pm
St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam SM2 7HF
Conductor: Roger Willey
Tutors: Jackie Cox, Amanda Lakin, Billy Fisher, Stephen Matthews

Sutton Youth Training Band (SYTB) is a beginner level band for woodwind, brass and percussion players. Members should have two to three terms' experience of learning their instrument.


Rehearsal dates for 2019-20

September 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 28
November 4, 11, 18
January 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 2, 9, 16
April 27
May 4, 11, 18
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6


Concerts 2019-20

Thursday 28 November 2019 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Thursday 26 March 2020 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Saturday 11 July 2020 - Fairfield Halls, Croydon


SYSB - Sutton Youth Symphonic Band
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 5.00-6.00pm
St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam SM2 7HF
Conductor: Roger Willey
Tutors: Jackie Cox, Tom Scaife, Chris Kimber

Sutton Youth Symphonic Band (SYSB) has the same instrumentation as SYTB, but the level of playing is higher with a varied repertoire that includes film, TV and show music, jazz and swing, as well as traditional wind band compositions and arrangements.


Rehearsal dates for 2019-20

September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 29
November 5, 12, 19
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 3, 10, 17
April 28
May 5, 12, 19
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7


Concerts 2019-20

Thursday 28 November 2019 - TBC
Monday 23 March 2020 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Saturday 11 July 2020 - Fairfield Halls, Croydon


SYWO - Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15pm
St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam SM2 7HF
Conductor: Roger Willey
Tutors: Jackie Cox, Cameron Todd, Chris Kimber

Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra (SYWO) is our senior concert band for advanced woodwind, brass and percussion players. The repertoire is challenging and extremely varied including arrangements and original works for wind band drawn from many styles of music. SYWO takes part in annual European concert tours (year 9+) and has performed at many prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Fairfield Halls, Dorking Halls and Birmingham Symphony Hall.


Rehearsal dates for 2019-20

September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 29
November 5, 12, 19
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 3, 10, 17
April 28
May 5, 12, 19
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7


Concerts 2019-20

Tuesday 26 November 2019 - TBC
Tuesday 24 March 2020 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Saturday 11 July 2020 - Fairfield Halls, Croydon


SYS - Sutton Young Singers
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 5.00-6.30pm
St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam SM2 7HF
Conductor: Jen Yard
Tutors: Catherine Boxall

Sutton Young Singers (SYS) is an elite choir for enthusiatic and talented young singers aged 8-13, open to boys and girls with unbroken voices.


Rehearsal dates for 2019-20

September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 31
November 7, 14, 21
January 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 27
March 5, 12, 19
April 30
May 7, 14, 21
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9


Concerts 2019-20

Thursday 28 November 2019 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Friday 13 December 2019 - Christmas Cracker, St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Thursday 26 March 2020 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Saturday 11 July 2020 - Fairfield Halls, Croydon


SYC - Sutton Youth Choir
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6.00-7.00pm
St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam SM2 7HF
Conductor: Jen Yard
Tutors: Catherine Boxall

Sutton Youth Choir (SYC) is an elite choir for enthusiatic and talented young singers aged 13-18, aimed at broken and unbroken SATB voices.


Rehearsal dates for 2019-20

September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 31
November 7, 14, 21
January 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 27
March 5, 12, 19
April 30
May 7, 14, 21
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9

Concerts 2019-20

Thursday 28 November 2019 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Friday 13 December 2019 - Christmas Cracker, St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Thursday 26 March 2020 - St Andrew's Church, Cheam
Saturday 11 July 2020 - Fairfield Halls, Croydon