Grampian Youth Orchestra is a regional youth orchestra which started as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) in 2006. The orchestra brings together talented musicians from the Grampian region of Scotland (including Aberdeenshire and Moray), offering instrumentalists of school and university age the opportunities to work with leading conductors and to perform with international and local musicians.
Guest conductors have included Andrey Rubtsov, Jessica Cottis, Jonathan Hargreaves and Chris Swaffer. Recent highlights have included the orchestra being conducted in 2014 by Ciaran McAuley, former Assistant to Donald Runnicles of the BBC. The orchestra was joined by distinguished pianist, Murray McLachlan, who is also a Patron of the Orchestra. GYO performed the National Anthems at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival opening ceremony to great critical and audience acclaim as well as performing a joint orchestra with the Amersfoort Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands with Rolf Buijs as conductor.
To celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2016, GYO went on an exciting tour of Belgium, Germany and Holland as well as a Celebration Concert in Aberdeen. A fantastic time was had by all performing concerts in Maastricht, Holland, Düsseldorf, Germany and Ghent, Belgium as well as taking part in other social activities. Following the success of the tour, GYO will host another tour in 2020.
2018 was another exciting year for the orchestra as it welcomed back Ciaran McAuley as Conductor. We were delighted to have, Chris Gough, Principal Horn of the RSNO as Soloist for Strauss' Horn Concerto No 1, performed to critical and audience acclaim. GYO will continue its impressive form into 2019 when Susannah Wapshott will conduct GYO for the first time, we are thrilled to welcome back Murray McLachlan as soloist. GYO is tremendously excited to be returning to the Music Hall following its refurbishment in June 2019.
"The quality of their playing was in no way impaired but you could sense the sheer joy coming from every part of the orchestra. It swept like a tidal wave through the Music Hall and we in the audience were just thoroughly enjoying drowning in it."
Alan Cooper, 2015.
Alan Cooper, 2015.