The Royal Greenwich Youth Orchestra (RGYO)

The RGYO offers an exciting and challenging programme for those talented young musicians from the Royal Borough of Greenwich looking to improve their orchestral skills and engage with a varied programme of classical repertoire.

The RGYO was set up with help from the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Initially it existed under the direction of Holly Mathieson (Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra and founder and artistic director of the Horizont Musik-Kollektiv – Berlin).

Supported by visiting musicians from the LSO throughout its first season, the RGYO now retains links with the LSO whilst consolidating its early success under the directorship of its conductor Ed Farmer. The RGYO is open to all students of orchestral instruments at grade 3 and above although priority is given to more advanced students where competition for places is at a premium. Recent repertoire includes Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and Mozart’s German Dances. During the Spring season 2019 the RGYO will be working on music from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story amongst other repertoire.

About our conductor Edward Farmer

Edward Farmer is a conductor and composer working in Film, Television, and live performance. He has worked with several top professional orchestras inc. London Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Budapest Festival Orchestra, and as an educator with youth orchestras at University and Conservatoire level.

Ed composes and conducts music for films and TV programmes, with recent collaborations including Emmy award-winning writer William Bridges (Black Mirror), BBC Studios, Netflix, and R/GA advertising. He has written orchestrations for composer Benjamin Wallfisch, Andrew Skeet, Alex Wilson, Warner/Chappell, and created concert pieces for orchestras in the UK and Switzerland.  Ed trained at the Royal College of Music, on the Royal Opera House composers’ scheme, and in conducting masterclasses with London Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and at the Lucerne Festival. He is the founder of the theatrical ensemble London Arts Orchestra (LAO), and recently gave a TEDx talk on music and storytelling. You can read more about Ed here:




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