The Principal Director - John Fuller
Telephone: 01256 398211
Our nine ensembles have a reputation for excellence and a membership of over 300 young people aged from 6 to 18.
Ensemble are provided and run by Hampshire Music Service who charge a fee per term for membership.
In the Year 2018-2019, the fee for Area Ensemble membership 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. If your child is in a county and an area ensemble you will only pay the £38 County Ensemble fee. There is also a one time only payment to join the Uniform Hire Scheme of £15. ‘The Friends’ can waive the uniform hire charge where there is financial difficulty this is arranged through the ensemble conductor.
Playing or singing together is a great social and educational activity; BAYOC members are friendly, enthusiastic and committed. Our Groups are organised in a 'pyramid' allowing progression to higher level of performance as the musician improves their skill. The conductors will decide which group will benefit your child the most at their stage of musical development.
Our most talented performers go on to perform at County and National Level. Many ex players have found employment within the music industry or have excelled in other fields. Auditions are held annually for the Youth Orchestra; however other ensembles do not require audition and may accept new members throughout the year.
SUmmary of each ensemble
Rehearses every 2 weeks on Mondays between 5.15 pm at 7.15 pm at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke.Membership is open to players around Grade 5 and above by annual audition .
Rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings between 6.15 and 7.15 pm at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke.
Membership is open to any woodwind, brass or percussion player of around Grade 4 standard and above.
Rehearses weekly on Tuesdays between 5pm and 6pm at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke.
Membership is open to any woodwind, brass or percussion player between Grade 1 and Grade 4 standard
Tadley Area Youth Wind Band (TAYWB)
Ceased operation July 2018.
Players in the Tadley area are now invited to jin one of our ensembles based in Basingstoke.
Basingstoke Early Access String Orchestra
Tuesdays during term time 4.45 - 5.45pm
Stage 1 - 4 String Orchestra
Thursdays during term time 4.45 - 5.45pm
BAYSTO is open to string players from Introductory to Stage Four, no exams need to have been taken. Players should have been learning for a minimum of one year.
Basingstoke Area Youth String Orchestra (BAYSO)
Rehearse weekly on Friday evenings between 5 and 6 pm at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke.
The standard of players is from grade 4 upwards, and many players enjoy attending so much that they stay on to the end of their school education.
Beginner/ Intermediate 4.45-5.45 and Advanced 5.45-6.45. Friday Evenings during term time at Q.M.C.
In the Beginner/Intermediate group we welcome members who have never played percussion but are interested to join in up to Grade 4. The Advanced group is for Grade 4+ players.
Rehearse weekly on Fridays between 5pm and 6pm at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke.
Open to Junior and Secondary School pupils of grade 1 - 4 standard.
Basingstoke Area Youth Choir (BAYC)
Rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings between 5.30 and 6.30 pm at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke.
Open to singers of Year 7 and above
Rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings between 4.45 and 5.45 pm at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke.
Open to singers up to the end of Year 6.