SEYSO

All aspects of orchestral training

Established 50 years ago, SEYSO is a cross-schools organisation set up to give aspiring young musicians all manner of orchestral training and the thrill of participating and performing in a full symphony orchestra.

SEYSO’s programme for 2019-20 includes a study of the way pop music developed over the years.

Events in the next few months :

A Christmas Hamper

Saturday 21st December 2019 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm
Rayleigh Evangelical Church
Sunday 22nd December 2019 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm

Rayleigh Evangelical Church
Monday 23rd December 2019 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm
Monday 23rd December 2019 7.30pm Concert

Southend High School for Boys (Music Block), Prittlewell Chase, Southend, SS0 0RG

Adults £10.00 / Senior citizens £9.00 / Students & Children £5.00 / Family (2 adults & up to 4 children) £22.00

Orchestral workshops

Sunday 26th January 2020 1.15pm (SEYTO 1.45pm) – 5pm
The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BY

Sunday 23rd February 2020 1.15pm (SEYTO 1.45pm) -5pm
The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BY

Annual Provision

8 workshops

Typically Sunday afternoons at the end of September, October, November, January, February, March, May and June. Repertoire is studied in sectionals and full orchestra with a short performance to parents and friends at the end of the afternoon, to which both SEYSO and SEYTO contribute.

3 courses with major public performances

Typically at Christmas, Easter and Summer. SEYSO courses are usually over 3 to 5 days, with SEYTO over 2 to 5 days on the same premises.

Special events

We have performed at private functions and in special events to help raise funds for charity. We have played on Southend Pier, at the Southend Bandstand, in the barn of a local farm (with a picnic supper to follow), and we’ve teamed up with other performing groups at churches, theatres, schools and other venues across the South Essex area.

Membership

Membership of SEYSO is £100 per academic year or, for SEYTO, just £65 per year.

Membership renewals become due on 31st August. A pro-rota charge is made for individuals joining part way through the academic year.
There is 20% discount for younger siblings and no charge to students who have left secondary school, with whom we like to keep contact and invite back to take part in events between terms like the famous Christmas Concert on 23rd December.

Newcomers are charged (a reimbursable) £5 per morning or afternoon trial session.

Fees should be paid by cheque, made payable to SEYSO, and posted or handed to a member of staff.  Alternatively, you can hand your fees in at the registration desk at a Sunday workshop.

If you have difficulty paying the subscription then it is possible to pay :

1. In three instalments.  The first instalment should be paid by 30th September.  Subsequent payments should be made by means of post-dated cheques handed in with the first instalment.  These will be presented to the bank as their dates are reached. (20% reduction for younger siblings does not apply.)

2. By monthly standing order. For the eleven months from October to August next year, SEYSO membership is £9.25 a month and SEYTO membership is only £6.00 a month.

SEYSO / SEYTO Members’ Information – Events in detail

A Christmas Hamper

Saturday 21st December 2019 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm
Rayleigh Evangelical Church
Sunday 22nd December 2019 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm

Rayleigh Evangelical Church
Monday 23rd December 2019 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm
Monday 23rd December 2019 7.30pm Concert

Southend High School for Boys (Music Block), Prittlewell Chase, Southend, SS0 0RG

Orchestral workshops

Sunday 26th January 2020 1.15pm (SEYTO 1.45pm) – 5pm
The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BY

Sunday 23rd February 2020 1.15pm (SEYTO 1.45pm) -5pm
The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BY

Listen With Mother: A Matinee for Mothers’ Day

Sunday 22nd March 1.15pm (SEYTO 1.45pm) -5.30pm (Concert 4.00pm)
Crowstone St George’s Church, Westcliff-on-Sea
SEYSO, SEYTO and the SOUTHEND BOYS’ & GIRLS’ CHOIRS

Spring Course and Concert

Thursday 9th April 2020 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm
Venue to be confirmed
Saturday 11th April 2020 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm

Venue to be confirmed
Sunday 12th April 2020 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm
Sunday 12th April 2020 7.30pm Concert

Mill Hall, Rayleigh

Orchestral Workshops

Sunday 17th May 2020 1.15pm (SEYTO 1.45pm) -5pm
Southend High School for Boys (Music Block), Prittlewell Chase, Southend, SS0 0RG
Workshop and AGM

Sunday 28th June 2020 1.15pm (SEYTO 1.45pm) -5pm
Southend High School for Boys (Music Block), Prittlewell Chase, Southend, SS0 0RG

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