DG Youth Orchestra
Dumfries and Galloway Youth Orchestra
Welcome to our DGYO website. The DGYO welcomes all young players of orchestral instruments who live, work or study in Dumfries and Galloway and we offer opportunities for all levels of experience. See the section called "Taking Part" for more information. Joining the orchestra will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to learn pieces and arrangements from the main orchestral repertoire. Together we will develop our playing skills in a way that motivates, inspires and encourages all of us valuing everyone’s contribution in a true celebration of music making. The DGYO will not only enhance your music skills but also provide you with the opportunity to develop your listening, teamwork, analytical, creativity and communication skills. You will meet other musicians from across the region and play together as a full orchestra as well as practise in small groups with expert tuition from our professional volunteers. Joining the orchestra is free. We hope that you enjoy looking at our website and if you have any questions or would like further information, please email me: contact@dgyouthorchestra.org.
Jane Hainey, Conductor and Musical Director

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New Youth Orchestra for the Region. Coaching by professional players and teachers.

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The orchestra meets regularly. There are Taster Days and Performances.

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New Trustee For DGYO

We're very pleased to report that we've been fortunate to recruit another trustee Joshua Ellicott.

Josh is a professional musician, performing worldwide as a tenor soloist in opera, concert and as a recitalist. He sings in some of the world’s greatest venues with the finest conductors and orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at the Lincoln Centre New York, The Hallé Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonie and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. He has made his home, along with his family, in Dumfries and Galloway and is delighted to be a trustee of the Dumfries and Galloway Youth Orchestra.

Josh's own musicianship has its roots in his native Lancashire where he sang and played a number of instruments in church, school and in the home and he delights to see young people sharing in the opportunities that he had. He benefitted greatly from the Council-funded peripatetic instrumental tuition that he received. He wishes to be an advocate for bringing high quality classical music to today’s young people, to help to combat the sad decline of music education, and to promote understanding of the advantages of making music within our schools and in our culture.

Josh is keen to see the young people of the DGYO experience the joy of fun and friendship as they pursue musical excellence and the satisfaction of seeing the beauty that they create touch the lives of audience members and players alike.

New Woodwind Coach For DGYO

We're very happy to welcome Rebecca Carson as our new woodwind coach. Rebecca has recently returned to her roots in Dumfries and Galloway where she was born and bred.

As a young musician Rebecca was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, where she sat as both principal flute and second flute.

She won a scholarships to Wells Cathedral School which she attended from the age of 13 as a specialist musician, before going on to complete an undergraduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While at the Guildhall Rebecca won the Needlemakers woodwind competition and appeared on BBC Radio 3 Total Immersion.
In 2017 Rebecca then went on to complete, with Distinction, her Masters at The Royal Academy of Music in London.
Since completing her studies Rebecca has performed with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, English national Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, sitting as Principal flute, Sub Principal flute and piccolo.
Although classically trained Rebecca loves folk music and many other genres of music. She absolutely loves working with young musicians and feels very passionate about passing on her experience to the younger generation.
Rebecca has just begun working as a woodwind instructor for Dumfries and Galloway Council and is very excited to be getting involved with Dumfries and Galloway Youth Orchestra.

New Cello Coach For DGYO

We're delighted to welcome local girl Joanne Bertram as cello coach for the orchestra.

Joanne began her musical journey at the age of 8 years old and attended MusicWorks run by the RSAMD (RCS). She then auditioned for the Junior Conservatoire of Scotland. Joanne attended ‘Juniors’ for three years during which she had the opportunity to perform with a number of professional musicians including Nicola Benedetti. Joanne was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Locally Joanne was also a member of the Solway Sinfonia and the City of Carlisle Orchestra.

In 2016, Joanne began her studies at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In July 2020, Joanne graduated as  Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours and began her teaching career in Fife. Joanne has since returned to Dumfries and Galloway where she has taken up the position of Teacher of Music at Castle Douglas High School. Joanne is looking forward to helping out at DGYO rehearsals and rejoining Solway Sinfonia now that she is back in her home town of Dumfries.

The Return of Dumfries and Galloway Youth Orchestra!

After an enforced gap of 18 months (during which we did the best we could online) DGYO got back together on 21 August 2021 in the assembly hall of St Joseph's College, Dumfries.  Thanks to Dumfries and Galloway Council, the school, and Graham the janitor for helping us to get going once more.

We had lost some original players who had gone to university or left the area.  But we have also gained some new players.  Welcome to all! 

And talking of new players please spread the word that DGYO welcomes all young players of orchestral instruments who live, work or study in Dumfries and Galloway and we offer opportunities for all levels of experience.  The orchestra is free to join and travelling expenses are available.

Virtual Concert - 13 July 2020

On 13th July 2020 members of the Youth Orchestra, still unable to meet together in the flesh, joined together remotedly from their homes to delight their virtual audience through the wonders of Zoom.  The participants each played solo pieces which they had prepared for the concert.  The young musicians were introduced individually by Musical Director Jane Hainey and then performed.  The rather variable quality of Zoom did not spoil this wonderful live performance but we were very grateful to many of the musicians who re-recorded their pieces and sent them in to be included in this edited record of the concert.  We hope you enjoy it.

New Percussion Coach For DGYO

We're very happy to announce that David Lyons, Sub  Principal Percussionist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has agreed to join us as percussion coach. Dave joined the BBC SSO as a permanent member in 1991 after studying with Martin Gibson and Pamela Dow at the RSAMD between 1982 - 1986.  Dave has freelanced with many different orchestras including the RSNO, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  He also plays with both the Kinneil and Newtongrange Brass Bands.  Dave regularly works with adults and children as part of the BBC SSO's education programme which includes the BBC Ten Pieces.  In his spare time Dave is a gadget geek who also likes snooker!

Dave will be coming to help for the first time at our rehearsal on 18 January and will be joining us when he can thereafter.