BYSO auditions

Fri 10th Sep 2021 Reading Music Centre
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BYSO auditions

Would you like to be involved in the Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra? BYSO is the county level orchestra for young people in Berkshire, and during 2020/21 the concert repertoire included works by, amongst others, Korngold, Benjamin Britten and de Falla, conducted by Steven Threlfall.


Auditions for new members and section leaders year are being held on:


Friday 10 September (evening): brass and percussion

Saturday 11 September (from 2pm): strings and woodwind


Both sessions will be held at Reading Music Centre


The entry standards* for BYSO 2021-2022 are:


Woodwind: Grade 7

Brass: Grade 7

Percussion: Grade 6

Strings: Grade 7


* You do not need to have taken the relevant exam but must be able to demonstrate that you can play to the required standard in the audition


Everyone who auditions will be required to:


1. Perform a short (2 to 3 minute) unaccompanied piece of their own choice. Percussionists should perform a tuned percussion piece

2. Prepare a selection of orchestral excerpts

3. Sight read a short unprepared orchestral excerpt

4. Talk informally with their panel of family instrument specialists about their musical activities and ambitions


To register, simply click on the registration link at the top of the page and complete the form. If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact us.


Please note that 100% attendance at BYSO courses is vital and any absences must be pre-agreed by the BYSO staff team. The next year’s schedule for BYSO can be found here.


The fee for BYSO is £300 per year – full information can be found on our fees page.


Please find below the orchestral excerpts that you will need to prepare.

Violin Excerpt

Viola Excerpt

Tuba Excerpt

Trumpet Excerpt

Trombone Excerpt

French Horn Excerpt

Double Bass Excerpt

Cello Excerpt

Bassoon Excerpt

Oboe Excerpt

Flute Excerpt

Clarinet Excerpt


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