Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestra

Conductor: John Fuller

Assistant: Diane Fuller

Rehearsals: Mondays - fortnightly , 5.15 - 7.15 pm

Queen Mary's College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke

Rehearsal dates: 17th Sept, 1st & 15th Oct, 29th Oct, 12th & 26th Nov, 10th Dec

Concert: 27th April - Winchester Cathedral

5th May - The Anvil

14th July - Queen Mary’s College

Rehearsal dates: 14th & 28th January, 11th & 25th February, 11th & 25th March, 1st & 29th April, 17th, 24th June, 1st & 8th, & 22nd July

Performing at Euro Disney on one of our tours.

Performing at Euro Disney on one of our tours.

The Orchestra plays at least once each year in the Anvil, Basingstoke; the premier Concert Venue in Southern England.

Anvil Performance 2017

Anvil Performance 2017


The Orchestra has been on concert tour in Europe eight times and has performed in some extraordinary venues in France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy.  

The orchestra has also appeared on Meridian Television during one of its Anvil performances.

John Fuller has conducted this ensemble since 1994 and is assisted by his wife Diane, and other tutors who help in rehearsals.

A Tuck shop is run by Susannah Stanley one of our trustees half way through each rehearsal, profits of which go towards a tour fund.

BAYO rehearses in the Gym at Queen Mary's College and is open to instrumentalists of approximately Grade 5 standard and above. Auditions take place each July for membership the following season. 

BAYO on tour in Ghent in 2013

BAYO on tour in Ghent in 2013

Hampshire Music Service charges a fee for Ensemble Membership, which during the school year 2018-2019,  is £28 per term and for County Ensemble Membership is £38 per term. If your child belongs to more than one ensemble you will only pay one fee.