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St Paul’s Youth Ensemble (SPYE) has been established since 1979 as a charity organised by a committee consisting of members’ parents. The aim is to provide young musicians from Grade 1 to beyond Grade 8 (ABRSM) standard the opportunity to rehearse and perform varied styles of music under the direction of professional tutors. We strive to provide an educational and enjoyable environment as well as encouraging the social aspect of being a young musician.

The two orchestras meet on a Saturday, almost every three weeks. Each are coached by the directors in the relaxed atmosphere of St Andrews Church, Benton.

Repertoire includes compositions spanning Purcell to contemporary composers and has included Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos, Mozart’s Overture to the Magic Flute, Benjamin Britten’s Simple Suite, and Newcastle-born Charles Avison’s Concerto Grossi.

There are two concerts a year, offering the opportunity to perform repertoire in front of an appreciative and friendly audience.

There is an annual residential weekend away which is not just about rehearsals! In the past, members have enjoyed Laser Quest, zip wiring and toasting marshmallows with chocolate over an open fire.