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.

Events in the next few months :

Orchestral workshops

Sunday 26th September 2021 1.15pm – 5pm
Venue to be announced

Sunday 31st October 2021 1.15pm – 5pm
Heycroft School, Benvenue Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 5SJ

Sunday 28th November 2021 1.15pm – 5pm
Heycroft School, Benvenue Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 5SJ

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.

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.

Subscriptions can also be paid 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.

Previous Events

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
Heycroft School, Leigh-on-Sea

Sunday 11th October 2020 1.15pm (SEYTO 1.45pm) -5pm
Heycroft School, Leigh-on-Sea

Sunday 1st November 2020 2020 1.15pm (SEYTO 1.45pm) -5pm
Heycroft School, Leigh-on-Sea

Sunday 4th July 2021 2020 1.15pm (SEYTO 1.45pm) -5pm
Heycroft School, Leigh-on-Sea

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