Summer 2017

The Edinburgh Youth Orchestra will once again become The Edinburgh International Youth Orchestra in August 2017, to take part in The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Joined by members of the Palestine Youth Orchestra, EYO players will come together for an orchestral course and concerts, from 4 – 11 August. Internationally renowned conductor Sian Edwards will take the helm to conduct a sensational all-Russian programme:

Festive Overture, Shostakovich
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rachmaninoff – soloist Daniel Rodríguez Hart
Symphony No 5 in E minor, Tchaikovsky

An EYO Wind Ensemble will also be formed and will perform at both concerts, conducted by Lawrence Gill, our Head of Woodwind.


Friday 4th  August
10-1                  Full Sectionals
2-5                   Full Orchestra

Saturday 5th
10-1                  Full Sectionals
2-5                   Full Orchestra

Sunday 6th
10-1                   Full Orchestra
2-5                    Full Sectionals
5:30-6:30         Woodwind Workshop

Monday 7th
10-1                   Full Orchestra
2-5                    Full Orchestra
5:30-6:30         Conducting Workshop

Tuesday 8th
10-1                   Full Strings (Sian)
10-1                   Full Wind, Brass, Percussion (Lawrence)
2-5                    Full Orchestra
5:30-6:30         Q&A Session with Sian about Conducting

Wednesday 9th
10-1                  Full Orchestra
2-5                   Full Orchestra

Thursday 10th
9-12:30            Full Orchestra (at Greyfriars)
3pm                 Concert

Friday 11th
         Full Orchestra (at Greyfriars)


Head of Strings Claire Docherty

Head of Woodwind Lawrence Gill

Head of Brass Robert Baxter

Head of Percussion Ruari Donaldson


Further details and applications to play in the orchestra can be made here.

Appointment of Chief Executive

claireThe EYO is delighted to announce Claire Mackie as the new Chief Executive. Claire is a former player in The Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, leading the oboe section.  She is now a professional fundraiser and with a background and training in music and education, is perfectly placed to take over the management of the orchestra from Marjory Dougal, who has held the reins of the EYO for the past 25 years.

Claire’s can be contacted directly at