Hampshire County Youth Orchestra to celebrate more than 50 years of music

The Hampshire County Youth Orchestra will be taking over The Anvil in Basingstoke on 2 and 3 July for a long-awaited 50th anniversary celebration. After being delayed for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, celebrations to mark half a century of musical education in Hampshire are now set to commence in earnest with an exciting two-day line-up of performances from the Orchestra and other musicians

Jun 17 2022

Councillor Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “Being part of a music group helps children to develop not only their musical ability, but also their confidence and social skills. Everyone involved in the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra – past and present members alike – should be exceptionally proud of reaching this milestone and continuing to give children this platform to create music, perform for an audience and demonstrate their talent, alongside their peers.

“The opportunity to enjoy music and indeed performing arts more widely was heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and so I know what it will mean for the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra to come together, with others, to celebrate this landmark anniversary with this concert. Good luck to everyone performing this weekend and happy 50th anniversary!”

The Hampshire County Youth Orchestra is part of a network of 60 groups run by the County Council’s Hampshire Music Service and brings together around 100 talented young musicians from across the English Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble.

Performing on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July, the now 52-year-old orchestra will also be joined by members of the Chamber Orchestra and various musical alumni from across the globe. Also featuring are performers from Wessex Dance Academy, a partnership project between Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Cultural Trust which supports young people in need to change their lives through dance and mentoring.

Further information about the Orchestra's performances on 2 and 3 July is available online.