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JSO Education

Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra

The JSO education team have been preparing for a visit by the Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra (ABYSO) recently through a series of rehearsal sessions. The visit, which is being led by Jersey Music Service, will see the Orchestra being on Island from Tuesday 17th October 2023 until Thursday 19th October 2023 as part of the Government of Jersey’s Hospitality Partnership with Antigua and Barbuda. 

Musicians aged between 13 - 25 (on the 1st September 2023) of Grade 4 + standard are invited to attend a series of rehearsal sessions with the orchestra leading up to the visit, musicians will then be invited to form a joint orchestra with ABYSO, with rehearsals on Tuesday 17th October and Wednesday 18th October and perform as a combined orchestra on the evening of Wednesday 18th October. 

The Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra was launched in 2018 under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams and Her Excellency Lady Williams in collaboration with the Kanneh-Mason family. The Kanneh-Masons, whose paternal grandparents were born in Antigua, are seven award winning brothers and sisters all of whom play either violin, piano or cello. 

The concert on Wednesday 18th October will take place at Les Quennevais School under joint directorship of Tom Fetherstonhaugh (Assistant Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and Russell Abraham (Assistant Conductor of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra) and will involve members of the Kanneh-Mason family.  The programme will include the following repertoire: 

March from Aida - Verdi

Slavonic Dance - Dvorak

Winter - Vivaldi

Coriolan Overture - Beethoven

Hall of the Mountain King – Grieg

Slavonic March - Tchaikovsky

Palladio - Jenkins

There's No Place Like Home - Michael


“We are looking forward to working with the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra and celebrating the hospitality partnership between the Government of Jersey and Antigua and Barbuda, providing the opportunity for young musicians on the Island to come together to collaborate with those visiting and actively participate in this cultural exchange.” Dr Graham Cox, Principal of Jersey Music Service.

To sign up to take part in the project please complete this form

For any queries related to the Jersey Symphony Orchestra Education Programme, please email

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