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All our archive photos are available from the 'Photo blog' link above!


There are links here to a couple of really special experiences we had a few years ago:

Exchange trip with Dalaviolinisterna, Sweden, 2009-10

Sacconi Quartet Masterclasses February 2009


Our archive programmes are below...


Our programme for 2017-18 so far:

(please see Concerts Programme for upcoming concerts)


Sunday 10th December 2017

Concerts Penzance
St. John’s Hall, Penzance
5pm: The Dante String Quartet perform Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven quartets
4.15pm: With PYSO and ECYSO, Arensky’s Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky op.35a

Sunday 17th December 2017

Celebration and Reflection – a programme of seasonal and reflective music for the community
St. Mary’s Church, Chapel Street, Penzance

Thursday 5th July 2018

Music For Youth National Festival in Birmingham



Our programme for 2016-17:


Sunday December 18th 2016
Celebration and Reflection – a moment of quiet and contemplation
in the run up to the Christmas festivities.
St. Mary's Church, Chapel Street, Penzance

Saturday November 12th 2016
Concerts Penzance, St. John's Hall, Penzance
CPE Bach A major Cello Concerto with soloist Richard Lester – part of a programme
featuring the music of JS Bach and his sons WF and CPE Bach


Our programme  for 2015-16:

July 20th 2016
Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall
nr Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4JT

July 18th 2016
Visit of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall
to mark the opening of the newly refurbished
St Johns Hall, Penzance

July 12th 2016
Lafrowda Festival
 Methodist Chapel, Chapel St. St. Just

July 10th 2016
Penlee Open Air Theatre

July 7th 2016
Music For Youth National Festival
Town Hall  Birmingham

June 23rd 2016
Golowan Festival
St. Mary’s Church, Chapel St. Penzance

May 19th 2016
Music and Arts Festival 2016
Penzance Catholic Church

Elgar  Serenade for Strings
 Solo pieces played by members of the orchestra

April 16th 2016
 Porthleven Food Festival

18th March 2016
Cornwall Music Festival

4th March 2016
MFY Regional Festival
Truro Methodist Chapel

Sunday 20th December 2015
Celebration and Reflection
Montol Festival
St. Mary’s Church, Chapel St. Penzance

Saturday 12th December 2015
Christmas Concert
Sennen Church

Sunday October 4th 2015
Tea Concert
Newlyn Arts Festival
Trinity Centre, Newlyn

Thursday 24th September 2015
PYSO workshop with US folk-rock band Harpeth Rising

Sunday September 20th 2015
St. Ives Festival
Mariners Gallery

Sunday September 20th 2015
Early afternoon
Henry's Little Big Gig
Henry’s Campsite, Lizard


Our programme  for 2014-15:

Sunday July 19th 2015
Summer Evening Concert
Penlee Park Open Air Theatre

Thursday 16th July 2015
Lafrowda Festival
St Just Methodist Church

 Friday July 10th 2015
Music For Youth National Festival
Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire

Thursday July 2 2015
Performance for Friends of the International Musicians Seminars
Penwith College

Thursday June 25th 2015
Golowan Festival
St. Mary’s Church, Penzance

March 20th 2015
Cornwall Music Festival

March 6th 2015
Music For Youth Regional Festival

Sunday December 21st 2014
St. Mary’s Church, Penzance

Saturday 20th December 2014
St Just Methodist Chapel

Friday October 17th 2014
Hall For Cornwall
Music For Youth Primary Prom
(Invited Primary Schools audiences only)

Sunday September 21st 2014
Henry’s Little Big Gig
The Lizard
Mariner's Gallery
St Ives Festival

Mozart, Bach, Gorecki, Franck, Montague,
Dompierre, Maxwell Davies, Bartok


Our programme  for 2013-14:

August 24th to 31st
PYSO Scilly week
PYSO performed 5 concerts on 5 different islands! 

Monday July 14th
7.30pm  St Just Methodist Chapel
Lafrowda Festival concert
St. Just
Parry, Wilson, Bartok and more...

Friday July 11th
MFY National Festival
Birmingham Conservatoire


Friday June 27th
Concert for Golowan
St. Mary's Parish Church
Parry, Wilson, Bartok and more...

"Now popular annual performers at Golowan, Penzance’s outstanding resident string orchestra have attracted national recognition for their energy, musical commitment and innovative programmes. Current holders of the Cornish Gorsedh Award, these young musicians have been invited to perform in three of the last four Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and have won the youth orchestra section of the Cornwall Music Festival for 7 consecutive years. They present a cultural tour of Europe and beyond including the first performance of a new concerto for Double Bass and Strings by Andrew Wilson, performed by outstanding local talent Ted Francis-Smith."

Friday 14th March 2014
Cornwall Music Festival
Truro Methodist Church

Friday 7th February 2014
Music for Youth Regional Festival
Truro Methodist Church

Wednesday November 13th
PYSO’s 3rd visit to the
Royal Albert Hall at the Music for Youth Schools Proms
performing with the Massed Ensemble of some 600 young people from across Cornwall!

Sunday 22nd September
Henry's Little Big Gig 


Our programme  for 2012-13:

Sunday 14th July
Sennen Church
Bach, Bellini, Glass, Dompierre, Nielsen, Monti arr. Ben Comeau

Saturday 13th July
Lafrowda Festival concert
St Just Methodist Chapel
Bach, Bellini, Glass, Dompierre, Nielsen,
Monti arr. Ben Comeau

Friday 12th July
Exchange Gallery

Shostakovich Uncovered

Saturday 6th July
3.13pm - 6.30pm
Music for Youth
National Festival
Town Hall  Birmingham

Thursday 4th July
Penwith College
Friends of IMS performance
Tickets available only by contacting Friends of IMS

Bach, Nielsen, Dompierre, Monti arr. Ben Comeau

Friday 28th June
Golowan concert
St Marys Parish Church
Chapel Street Penzance
Bach, Bellini, Glass, Dompierre, Nielsen,
Monti arr. Ben Comeau

Saturday March 16th 2013
Cornwall Music Festival
Truro Methodist Church
Gala Concert

Friday March 15th 2013
Cornwall Music Festival
Truro Methodist Church

Friday March 1st 2013
Music For Youth Regional Festival at Truro Methodist Church

Thursday 31st January 2013
Music For Youth - Primary Prom - Exeter University Great Hall

Saturday 15th December
Christmas Concert at Sennen Church

Wednesday 14th November
Royal Albert Hall at the Music for Youth Schools Proms

Saturday 10th November
Shostakovich 8th Quartet 'Uncovered'
St. Endellion Church

Sunday September 23rd 2012
Henry’s Little Big Gig
Lizard  Cornwall

Sunday September 9th 2012
Bandstand Marathon
Morrab Gardens  Penzance

Saturday September 8th
St. Ives Festival
St Ives Theatre
Shostakovich: 'Uncovered'
Cancelled - deferred to 10th November
in St Endellion


Our programme for 2011-12:

Friday July 13th
Lafrowda Festival concert
St Just Methodist Church

Wednesday July 4th 2012
Music For Youth National Festival
Symphony Hall  Birmingham

Tuesday June 19th 2012
Concert for Golowan Festival
St. Mary’s Church  Chapel Street  Penzance

Sunday June 17th 2012
Polperro Festival

Tuesday June 4th 2012
The Bandstand  Morrab Gardens  Penzance
as part of the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations

Monday May 21st 2012
Hall For Cornwall
Music Cornwall Showcase Concert

Friday March 16th
Cornwall Music Festival

Saturday February 25th 2012
Music for Youth Regional Festival in Truro

Thursday 15th December 2011
Madron Church, near Penzance
with Kerenza Hurr - soprano
Penzance Junior Strings
St Maddern's Primary School Choir 

Saturday 10th December 2011
Zennor Music Series

Monday 21st November 2011
St Martin in the Fields
Trafalgar Square

Corelli  Concerto Grosso no.4 
Comeau  Jazz Patchwork for Piano and Strings


Our programme for 2010-11:

Thursday 14th July 2011
Lafrowda concert  St Just
Corelli  Concerto Grosso
Hindemith  Trauermusik
Comeau  Jazz Patchwork for Piano and Strings
Bach  B minor Suite
Britten  Simple Symphony.

 Wednesday 6th July 2011
Birmingham Symphony Hall (MFY National Festival)
Comeau  Jazz Patchwork for Piano and Strings

Tuesday 21st June 2011
Exchange Gallery  Penzance
Corelli  Concerto Grosso no.4
Bach  Brandenburg Concerto no.6
Bach  B minor Suite.

Monday 20th June 2011
 St Marys Church Penzance (Golowan Festival)
Comeau  Jazz Patchwork for Piano and Strings
Britten  Simple Symphony

Friday March 18th 2011
Cornwall Music Festival
Truro Methodist Chapel

Wednesday March 16th  2011
Concert at Kelly College, Tavistock.
Programme included

Corelli - Concerto Grosso
 Hindemith - Trauermusik
 Andrew Wilson - Concerto for Viola
 Benjamin Comeau- piece for piano and strings
Benjamin Britten - Simple Symphony.

Saturday February 12th 2011 
Truro Methodist Church
Music for Youth Regional Festival 2011

Also on Saturday February 12th 2011
  Concert at The Trinity Centre, Newlyn.
(with Penzance Junior Strings)
Programme included music by
Tristan Schulze

November 8th to 10th 2010
PYSO and Ross Pike played at the
Royal Albert Hall at the Music for Youth Schools Proms

(please see the feature on our Home page)


Our programme for 2009-10:

July 17th   2pm  Performance in St Just Square on Lafrowda Day

July 15th   7.30pm  Concert at St Just Wesleyan Chapel

July 11th to 20th  Visit by DalaViolinisterna.

July 9th   7.30pm  Performance with Shallal dance/theatre.  St John's Hall  Penzance.

July 7th   Music for Youth National Festival of Music for Youth   Birmingham

June 21st  Golowan Festival Concert – shared concert with Penzance Youth Wind Band

May 20th  Workshop - discovering Danish Folk Music with Harald Haugaad

May 13th   Concert at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Penzance

Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor  Vivaldi
Concerto Grosso op.6 no.6  Handel
Four Seasons  Ross Pike solo electric guitar  Vivaldi

With members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

May 1st   Concert with the Dante String Quartet,  St Mary’s Penzance.

Programme included:
Concerto on Breton Themes for Quartet and String Orchestra by Andrew Wilson
Mozart G minor String Quintet performed by the Dante Quartet with Tim Boulton

April 17th 2010 - Music for Youth Regional Festival in Truro Cathedral

March 12th 2010 - 1st prize in the Youth Orchestra class at the
Cornwall Music Festival  
we played Mozart Divertimento in D K136

February 5th 2010 – Newlyn Art Gallery; fundraiser for Shelterbox in Haiti.

December 17th 2009 - Exchange Gallery, Penzance.

December 12th and 19th 2009 -  Fundraising for Shelterbox in Penzance.


Our programme for 2008-9:

Repertoire this season included:

Grieg  ‘Holberg’ Suite

Elgar  Serenade for Strings

Mozart  Adagio & Fugue

Handel  Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Vivaldi  Four Seasons

From 25th August - 3rd September 2009, we travelled to Sweden for the first part of our exchange with DalaViolinisterna, Borlänge.

Please see the Sweden page on this website.
This also has details of concerts we played during our stay.

20th August 2009 - Concert at
Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, with Canadian singers Sarabande.

22nd June 2009 -  Concert at St. Mary’s Church, Penzance for Golowan Festival.

25th May 2009 -  Performance at the Bluebell Festival at Tremenheere Gardens, Ludgvan, near Penzance, in aid of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.

23rd May 2009 - Concert at Paul Church, near Penzance,
proceeds shared with Paul Church Windows Appeal.

14th March 2009 - Performance at Cornwall County Music Festival gala concert, Truro.

13th March 2009 - 1st prize in the Youth Orchestra class at the Cornwall County Music Festival, Truro

27th November 2008 - ‘Pride of Cornwall’ celebration, Eden Project.

22nd November 2008 - Trereife House, Nr. Penzance, Christmas Craft Fair. 


Our programme 2007-8 included:

Repertoire this season included:

Corelli  Concerto Grosso no 2 in F
C P E Bach  Symphony in C major
Mozart  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Purcell  Chaconny (arr. Britten)
J S Bach  'Brandenburg' Concerto no 3
J S Bach  'Brandenburg' Concerto no 4
J S Bach 
B minor Suite

27th June - Quay Fair Day, including entry into the Busking Competition.

24th June - St Mary's Parish Church, Penzance.

3rd June - Trelowarren, Lizard peninsula, Cornwall.

23rd May - Porthtowan Village Hall.

16th May - The Church of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, Penzance.

14th March 2008 - 1st prize in the Youth Orchestra class at the Cornwall County Music festival, Truro. 



PYSO commenced in October 2006;
our programme 2006-7 included:

20th June 2007

St Mary's Parish Church, Penzance
with the Belerion Consort
 as part of the Golowan 2007 Festival

Bartok  Romanian Dances
Stephen Montague  Snowscape: St Poltern
Skalkottas  Greek Dances

18th March 2007

Telemann  Concerto for Viola and strings 
Lutoslawski  Five Silesian Melodies
Mendelssohn  Andante from String Symphony no. 9
Haydn/Hoffstetter  Divertimento in F major