SAMYO is the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music. As the only youth orchestra in Britain to combine North and South Indian music traditions with Western influences and orchestral elements, it is leading the way for the next generation of Indian musicians in the UK while creating new avenues for future collaborative work.
Founded by Milapfest in 2001, the orchestra exists to provide specialized training, development, and performance opportunities for young musicians of all backgrounds, who are under the age of 18 and trained in Indian classical music. The orchestra meets regularly throughout the year for training, rehearsals and performances. Each summer this programme is enriched by a week long summer school, Music India, where the conductors of SAMYO are joined by guest tutors from around the world who add unique skills and expertise to the programme.
Over the last decade, SAMYO has had many of its compositions specially written for it by some of India’s leading musicians, including Bombay Jayashri, Gaurav Mazumdar, Shashank Subramaniam and Jayanthi Kumaresh. Collaboration and experimentation have become cornerstones of the Samyo way. By fusing North and South Indian musical traditions, the orchestra laid the path towards future work with other genres of music. This road led Samyo to form connections and partnerships with other youth orchestras, including The National Youth Jazz Collective and The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, with whom they have collaborated and performed with at several successful showcase events.
Funded by Arts Council England from April 2012, SAMYO is a NYMO (National Youth Music Organisation). National youth music organisations offer invaluable opportunities and support for talented young musicians to develop their performance skills across a range of musical genres, regardless of their background.
SAMYO – The National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music
performing at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre March 17th, 2011.