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26 April 2018

Musicians Tackle Compositions in SCYO Course

It has been a fantastic start to the term for a number of our musically talented pupils, who recently attended a Somerset County Youth Orchestra (SCYO) course at Wells Cathedral School.

King’s Hall pupils JJ Dayus-Jones (Year 5, ‘cello) and Arjun Ashok (Year 8, violin) joined King’s College pupils, Ranulf Mason (viola), Matthew Osborne (trumpet) and Oliver Mathew (flute) for the four-day course, which saw the musicians tackle some particularly challenging compositions, including the Grieg Piano Concerto and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.

The SCYO is a full-sized symphony orchestra that offers high quality orchestral playing to young musicians across Somerset. The ensemble meet at the end of each academic term, with a final course taking place overseas. In recent years, the group have travelled to France, Italy and even the Czech Republic.

A large number of musicians within the elite orchestra continue to pursue the subject at a high level, with many progressing to university or specialist colleges. It is not uncommon for the instrumentalists to become professional musicians, working as performers or teachers.

Not present, but usually a member of the SCYO is Louis Benneyworth, a Third Form pupil at King’s College. Unfortunately, Louis could not make this particular course as he was on duty playing with the National Children’s Orchestra which he successfully joined last year.

Commenting on the SCYO’s recent recital, Director of Music, Gareth Dayus-Jones said: “The quality of the performance was outstanding – a remarkable feat given the difficulty of the music. It really is incredible to see our musicians perform at such a high level.”

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