The orchestra was founded in 1975 by a small number of local musicians and over the years it has increased in numbers to approximately 50 members, which al lows greater flexibility in concert programming. It draws its membership from across Birmingham and the surrounding area. It performs 5 concerts a year under guest or resident conductors. It is very keen to promote performing opportunities for young musicians with the orchestra holding a “Young Soloists” concert in March, which gives aspiring musicians the opportunity to perform a concerto movement and is often their first public performance with an orchestra and in June or July, a children’s concert is organised in conjunction with the RSCO Youth Orchestra, giving the players their first experience of playing with a full orchestra.
Since 2016, RSCO has its own Youth Orchestra. The age range is currently 8- 15, and incorporates violins, cellos, flutes, clarinets and even a harp! We are always on the lookout for more players to join the youth orchestra, particularly brass players. Within the Youth Orchestra, the ability level ranges f rom Grades 1 -2 standard, up to Grade 5, but parts can be adapted to suit the player.