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These are our photos for 2011 to 2018...


Photos from previous years are available here.


16th July 2018

A regular in the PYSO calendar.  The annual Lafrowda concert in St Just Methodist Church.

The opening of the second half of the concert, soloist Bill Lut ready to lead Vivaldi's Four Seasons.





18th July 2016

PYSO play for Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall

On the first day of the Duke and Duchess's three day tour of the South West,
the refurbishment of St John's Hall in Penzance was marked by the unveiling of a plaque.
PYSO were very proud to be invited to entertain the Royal party.

PYSO warm up before the arrival of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall
Seats await the Royal party.
Applause follows a moving rendition of David Bruce's arrangement of John Dowland's
'Flow My Tears',
sung by soloist Kerenza Hurr.
The appreciative audience in St John's Hall, Penzance.
The Duchess of Cornwall chats with members of the orchestra.



October 2015

Alternatives for our profile photo 2015-16 (the actual photo is at the head of our home page)






September 2015

PYSO workshop with US folk-rock band Harpeth Rising


“Harpeth Rising chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women – Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique.

Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising’s roots run deep – from their varied ancestry across Eastern Europe to the musical hotbed of the Mid-South they now call home, they weave together ancient and modern ideas, creating a sound that is both familiar and impossible to categorize.”

Find more on their website


The posters for our Christmas 2014 concerts.


From 24th to 31st August 2014 we enjoyed a fantastic stay, and lots of playing,
on the Isles of Scilly.

Five concerts, five islands, five days.

Our daily commute to the various 'off islands'...





More impromptu means of transport...


Our first concert, on Bryher.


Our second concert, on Tresco.


Our third concert, on St Agnes.


Our fourth concert, on St Martins


On St Marys.




Homeward bound!


Another snapshot of our concert on Tresco, 27th August 2014.
Photo courtesy of @misssmith_j on Twitter - thanks for the mention!  Also to Radio Scilly who retweeted!



Applause at the end of another successful concert in our favourite town in west Penwith - St Just!!
July 14th 2014


The poster for our Christmas 2013 concert.



13th November 2013, centre stage (again!) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, this time as part of the
650 strong 'Co-Create Cornwall' performance on the last night of the Music For Youth Schools Proms!
Composer Joe Broughton conducts.

The following photos courtesy Classic FM/Photographer Richard Johnson...



Introduction to the Co-Create Cornwall Massed Ensemble on the Classic FM website:
(there is also a video interview with composer/conductor Joe Broughton on the above link)

"Co-Create Cornwall is a massed ensemble composition project, involving over 600 young people from 29 different schools and community music groups from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The project has involved the co-creation of a commission led by professional MFY artists in partnership with multiple local music leaders. 'One And All' (Onen hag Oll) was written by composer and multi-instrumentalist, Joe Broughton. The piece has five sections that describe different elements of life in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The project is supported by the Vivendi Create Joy Fund."



The end of another fantastic event, our annual Golowan Festival concert
in St Mary's Parish Church  Penzance
28th June 2013


Our accumulated awards!   Photo taken in January 2013.


Photos from before and during our Music For Youth Schools Prom performance on 14th November 2012 in the Royal Albert Hall are on the
Classic FM website


 The introduction to our performance on the Classic FM website, November 2012...

"In an area rarely visited by touring professional musicians the Penzance Youth String Orchestra has contributed significantly to the cultural life of the area with regular performances at local festivals and celebrations as well as concerts further afield. The orchestra is supported by Music Cornwall, principal partner of Cornwall Music Education Hub and ten players are past or present members of South West Music School.

The orchestra will perform the second movement, Allegro Molto, of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.8 at the Schools Prom, a piece that was composed in just three days in July 1960 during a visit to Dresden, still in ruins following ferocious allied bombardment in 1945. War and destruction were a major influence on Shostakovich’s writing, but the work is essentially autobiographical in nature.

Musical Director: Tim Boulton

Age range of performers: 11-18

String Quartet No 8 Shostakovich
ii Allegro Molto"


PYSO perform at the Music for Youth Schools Prom, November 2012


The poster for our concert in November 2012 at St Endellion.


October 7th 2012  Rehearsing with John Evans from MFY for our
performance in the Royal Albert Hall in November 2012.


July 4th 2012, outside Symphony Hall Birmingham once more.
See 2011 and 2010 photos!


Our group photo for 2012-13...


Our group photo for 2011-12...


Our group photo for 2010-11...


...and the photo kindly taken by H.Tempest of Hayle, Cornwall, for our Christmas CD


"Henry's Little Big Gig is an exciting new live music and ale festival based at the infamous Henry’s Campsite in the Lizard. The three-day family festival, running from September 23rd – 26th 2011, celebrates Cornwall’s creative talent, in music, beer making and much more.  There will be performances from some of Cornwall’s best musicians".

"Penzance Youth String Orchestra are a group of young players aged between 11 and 18 years old from across Cornwall, rehearsing under Tim Boulton. They will open their set with Karl Jenkins popular ‘Paladio’ – known as the music from the De Beers advert, followed by a Concerto Grosso by Corelli, written 300 years ago but still as fresh and lively as when it was first performed.  The main piece is ‘Jazz Patchwork’, a four movement piano concerto completed earlier this year by Ben Comeau, an exceptionally talented young pianist and composer from Truro.  This is going to be spectacular."








July 6th 2011, outside Symphony Hall Birmingham again (see 2010 photos!).


Spring Bank Holiday Saturday at the Jubilee Pool, Penzance.
28th May 2011
Mayor of Penzance Jan Ruhrmund cuts the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Pool for the 2011 season.
PYSO are ready and waiting in the background.....and there were people swimming, too.  Brrrr!

Photos from previous years are available here...