Truro Youth String Orchestra

TSYO performing at the Royal Cornwall Museum

The energetic and committed members of Truro Youth String Orchestra come from a wide area of Central Cornwall, from Falmouth to St. Agnes and Helston to St Austell as well as from Truro itself.  Formed by the group’s director Tim Boulton in 2008, highlights have included performing Andrew Wilson's 'Omphra's Laugh' at the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London, performing alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Plymouth Pavilions, supporting the Philharmonia Orchestra in an iOrchestra series concert on Lemon Quay, performing in the world premiere of Russell Pascoe's work 'A Different Child' with St. Mary's Singers and soloists at Truro Cathedral, and a programme of works by Sally Beamish, Diana Burrell and Dobrinka Tabikova for the Cornwall Contemporary festival in 2018.

Repertoire covers a broad range of styles and ages, including in recent years a Handel Concerto Grosso, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Hindemith Trauermusik, and works by Benjamin Britten, John Maxwell Geddes and Graham Fitkin.

TYSO forms part of a pathway from first access to the highest levels of youth music making.  TYSO players frequently join having first been member of Truro Junior String Ensemble. More experienced TYSO members are also members of Cornwall Youth Orchestra and some go on to study music at university or are enjoying active musical lives while studying a variety of subjects at university - their TYSO experiences have had a significant impact on their musical ability, confidence and enjoyment.

 “We are constantly in awe of your ability to enthuse and motivate so many young people to dedicate such time and effort to rehearse and perform, it is a truly wonderful gift.” - TYSO parent.


Name of Ensemble

Truro Youth String Orchestra

Director / Leader

Tim Boulton


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Rehearsal Venue

Truro High School for Girls

Rehearsal Day and Time

Tuesday 5.15pm - 7.00pm

Current Number of Members


Current Age Range of Members

11 - 18

Requirements (Ability/Grade)

Grade 4 +
Recent Performances

March 2019 - Music for Youth Festival 

June 2019 - 'Concerto Fest’ performance for Golowan Festival, Penzance, combined with Penzance Youth String Orchestra

July 2019 - 'Music for a Summer Evening' at Royal Cornwall Museum

December 2019 - Christmas Concert at Royal Cornwall Museum 

Forthcoming Performances

6th March 2020 - Music for Youth Regional Festival, Truro Methodist Church, 5pm

20th March 2020 - Cornwall Music festival, Truro Methodist Church, 9.30am

23rd March 2020 - Music for Youth ‘The Future is Now’ event, London Barbican Centre, with PYSO and ECYSO members, combining with Royal Northern College of Music Session Orchestra

Summer concerts to be announced. 

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