Entry requirements : By audition - working at grade 4/5 level The LSSO was formerly known the 'Lancashire Student Training Orchestra' and was set up in 1974. The orchestra acted as a preparatory ensemble for the LYSO. Since its inception however, it has grown to become an independent orchestra in its own right with vacation courses and a concert schedule which takes it throughout the county.
LSSO concert at the RNCM, Manchester 2009
The LSSO play a mix of modern classics from films and musicals as well as more traditional pieces. Recent pieces include: Pirates of the Caribbean, Pink Panther, Dambusters, Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 (Elgar), Finlandia (Sibelius), the Great Gate of Kiev (Mussorgsky), Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakov), Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky), Pines of Rome (Respighi), music from Gladiator (Hans Zimmer) and a James Bond medley .
LSSO rehearsing at Lostock Hall High School
Rehearsals are from 10am to 3:30pm on various Sundays (see diary page for dates). Students spend part of the day practising in sections (violins, woodwind, brass etc.) with a tutor for that section. The rest of the day they practise as a full orchestra. Students bring a packed lunch but there is a tuck shop run by the 'Friends' which provides snacks and drinks at breaks and lunchtime.
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Listen to a snippet of the "(inebriated) Russian Sailors Dance"  - LSSO - RNCM 2009
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Friends of the Lancashire Student Symphony Orchestras - Reg. Charity No. 511059