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35th Anniversary

From the Archive

Berkshire Young Musicians Trust, which trades as Berkshire Maestros, was incorporated on 25 October 1982, so 2017 marks our 35th anniversary! We have taken this opportunity to delve into the archives for memories of yesteryear. Did you play with Berkshire Young Musicians Trust in the past? Do you recognise any of the people in these photographs?

We’d love to hear from some of our former musicians so if you used to play or sing with Berkshire Young Musicians Trust in the 1980s, 1990s or early 2000s please e-mail us using to let us know what you’re doing now.

The photos displayed below are all medium resolution, but if you click on them you can access much larger versions of the files that will be clearer to see.

BYC 2002 A BYC 2002 (A)

BYC 2002 BBYC 2002 (B)

Bracknell Rock Band 2000Berkshire Choirs Wigmore Hall 1999

Bracknell Rock Band 2000

Bracknell Rock Band 2000

BYC 1998 Front BYC 1998 (Front)

BYC 1998 Back


BYC 1998 (Back with names)

East Berk Youth Orc East Berkshire Youth Orchestra 1996

BYO Verdi Requiem 1996 A
RAH BYO Verdi Requiem 1996 (A)

BYO Verdi Requiem 1996 B
RAH BYO Verdi Requiem 1996 (B)

BYC Chamber 1991
Tour of Austria 1991

BYC 1991BYC 1991

BYSO 1986 ABerkshire Youth String Orchestra 1986

BYSO 1986 BBerkshire Youth String Orchestra 1986

Some former members have been in contact with us

Former student Harry Brokensha is now working as a professional composer for film and TV. “I was involved with BYMT from the start of primary school right through to age 18 and it was a massive part of my childhood and teenage years. In my time there I played with BYO, Concert Band, Double Reed Ensemble, Swing Band and sang with the Boys’ Choir, going on tours to France, Germany and China. An absolute highlight was conducting my composition with BYO at the Royal Albert Hall for the Music for Youth Schools Prom — an experience I’ll never forget. I made so many friends for life at BYMT and it helped me develop hugely not only as a musician but also as a person — I’m so grateful for everything it’s done for me and for the world-class teaching it offers." Have a look at Harry’s website:

Marie Copley remembers her time as a student. “I belonged to the Berkshire Young Musicians Trust from the tender age of 10 through to 18 playing the clarinet. My clarinet teacher got me involved at primary school and I LOVED my time there! I  still have so many fond memories, particularly of the summer courses at Leighton Park School - the auditorium we played in there seemed so big at the time. The audience of hundreds felt like thousands. Playing a solo at The Hexagon in Reading was also a highlight as I got a dressing room with lightbulbs around the mirror - felt like a proper superstar! I’m now a producer for the BBC and I still play my clarinet. In fact my editor also plays the clarinet so we are planning on serenading the news room very soon!

One former member of Berkshire Youth Choir is now a member of staff for Berkshire Maestros; Naomi Hinton is School Events Co-ordinator and she runs our Junior Music Festivals. “I was one of the earliest members of BYC and even went on their first ever tour. I had such a fab time in the choir and had so many amazing opportunities; we sang at the Royal Albert Hall and at Comic Relief, and we once sang High Mass at Sacre Coeur in Paris. I am still friends with some of the other members now.

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