English Young Artists' Sinfonia

The English Young Artists' Sinfonia (EYAS) is a chamber orchestra of young freelance professional musicians formed in 2014. The members are largely alumni of the English Schools’ Orchestra which this year is celebrating 22 years of courses and concerts for talented young musicians.

The English Young Artists' Sinfonia Rehearsing for the Finalists' Concert in the Great Hall, Goldsmiths, University of London. The English Young Artists' Sinfonia Rehearsing for the Finalists' Concert in the Great Hall, Goldsmiths, University of London.

The EYAS works under the auspices of the ESO Charity whose President is Lord Lingfield. Its main purpose is to extend the pathway from the ESO as player and mentor through to providing a platform for young professional musicians to perform and gain experience as they seek to develop their careers.

The inaugural concert given in November 2014 was sponsored by the Performing Rights Society for Music, the TES and the Peter Ustinov Foundation. The performance included four new works by young composers who were finalists in the first PRS composing competition. A second competition was held in 2016.

A major part of the remit of the EYAS is to inspire school based students, in particular from disadvantaged backgrounds, to take up Higher Education in music and develop their skills as composers and performers.

To this end, in 2015-16, the EYAS was resident orchestra for the year-long Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Composing Project based at Goldsmiths, University of London, in Lewisham. This year the Orchestra has been sponsored by the Music in Secondary Schools’ Trust to carry out projects with A level students, helping them to orchestrate and write for orchestra.

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