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 theme for 2018-19 is Music from around the World. With a number of guest directors along the way, SEYSO’s programme is a compelling study of music from different cultures around the world, including European, Russian, Indian, African, American and Reggae.

Events in the next few months :

A Hamper of Christmas Music from Around the World

Thursday 20th December 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm
Friday 21st December 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm
Rayleigh Evangelical Church

Saturday 22nd December 10.30am-1pm & 1.45pm-4pm
Saturday 22nd December 7.30pm Concert
Southend High School for Boys

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

(*SEYTO Repertoire workshop start times 1.45pm)

Orchestral workshops

Sunday 30th September 2018 1.15pm – 5pm (SEYTO start 1.45pm)
Southend High School for Boys (Music Block), Prittlewell Chase, Southend, SS0 0RG

Sunday 28th October 2018 1.15pm – 5pm (SEYTO start 1.45pm)
The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BY Directions

Charity Concert of Music from Around the World

Saturday 3rd November 2018 7.30pm
Mill Hall, Rayleigh
ESSEX CONCERT ORCHESTRA

Orchestral workshop

Sunday 25th November 2018 1.15pm – 5pm (SEYTO start 1.45pm)
The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BY Directions

A Christmas Hamper

Sat 22nd December 2018 7.30pm
Southend High School for Boys (Music Block), Prittlewell Chase, Southend, SS0 0RG

Orchestral workshops

Sunday 27th January 2019 1.15pm – 5pm (SEYTO start 1.45pm)
The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BY Directions

Sunday 24th February 2019 1.15pm – 5pm (SEYTO start 1.45pm)
The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BY Directions

Listen with Mother: A Matinee for Mothers’ Day

Sunday 31st March 2019 4.00pm
Crowstone St George’s Church, Westcliff-on-Sea
SOUTH ESSEX YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SOUTHEND BOYS’ & GIRLS’ CHOIRS

Orchestral workshops

Sunday 1.15pm – 5pm (SEYTO start 1.45pm)
The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BY Directions
Southend High School for Boys (Music Block), Prittlewell Chase, Southend, SS0 0RG