Young musicians from Leeds and across the north of England are being invited to apply to join a brand new youth orchestra based at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax. The new orchestra – called Young Philharmonia at Square Chapel is for musicians aged between 11 to 21 year of age, and is a fabulous opportunity for musicians of Grade 6 standard or above to be part of a high calibre orchestra, and also to have the chance to perform full symphonies and other interesting repertoire in a professional venue with an acoustic that is a delight to play in!

Young Philharmonia at Square Chapel

Young Philharmonia at Square Chapel

The Young Philharmonia at Square Chapel was formed earlier this year, as a joint venture between local composer and conductor Lawrence Killian, and Square Chapel. Both parties had long dreamed of forming a youth orchestra, and following a successful Young Musician Competition organised by the Rotary Club of Halifax, held in January this year, the seed was planted, and talks continued to formulate ideas which have since led to the forming of Young Philharmonia at Square Chapel.

In June a launch event was held and young people, parents, teachers and music educationalists from across our region came together to hear about the new orchestra and share their thoughts and ideas about the possibilities which might spring from it. Since then, applications have been received, auditions held, and the first orchestra is being formed, with its first members coming from as far as North and South Yorkshire. There are still spaces available and applications are still being accepted (applications – The format for rehearsals and concerts for the Young Philharmonia at Square Chapel is designed to fit in with busy lifestyles and other playing commitments. Rehearsals are set for the first three Monday evenings at the beginning of each school term.

The Young Philharmonia is also delighted to welcome 17 year old Violinist, Jordan Earnshaw as leader of the orchestra. Jordan is the leader of the Kirklees Youth Symphony Orchestra, (pictured here with Lawrence Killian).

Rehearsals will start in September, and there is already a first concert date in the diary of Monday, 21 September at 8.30pm, where they will play Beethoven’s 8th Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture.

Everyone is welcome to attend and tickets (which are free) can be booked through Square Chapel’s Box Office on 01422 349422. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Young Philharmonia at Square Chapel can contact Linda Franklin on 01422 353073 or at

Square Chapel has had its own – adult – orchestra for about 20 years. The 45 member strong Orchestra of Square Chapel is a firm fixture 3 times a year with a varied classical programme, guest artists and a hugely popular New Year Family Concert.