A few facts about DYO

  • DYO was started in the early 1970s by a group of local music teachers
  • Several of our players are also members of NCO and LSSO
  • A number have gone onto NYO – 18+ at the last count
  • Barbara Dalton was Musical Director of DYO for 36 years, retiring in 2015
  • An ex-member was commisioned to write the music for the 2012 Olympics
  • One of the 2010 BBC Young Musician Strings finalists and one of the 2012 Brass     Finalists were members

There are ex-DYO participants currently working with the

  • Philharmonia
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Royal Opera House
  • Berlin Philharmonic
  • Ex Cathedra
  • BBC Singers
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • BBC Welsh
  • Tallis Scholars
  • Liverpool Philharmonic
  • European Union Youth Orchestra
  • Britten Pears Orchestra
  • On the international conducting circuit
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • English National Opera
  • Birmingham Ballet
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra