The Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra is a pops orchestra for the Youth of Brisbane and its regional surrounds. Accepting players aged from 10 to 25, The Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra (or BRYO, as it’s affectionately known) prides itself on its fun repertoire, engaging atmosphere and exciting opportunities it provides to its players, and audiences. BRYO is made up of a Scherzo String Orchestra and a 70-piece Symphony Orchestra. Symphony Orchestra BRYO’s Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Shaun Dorney and Erin Thomson, and is well known for its engaging repertoire and performances.
In 2010, BRYO’s Symphony Orchestra performed at the World Expo in Shanghai, China. Surrounded by established musical institutions from around the world, BRYO turned out to be one of the favourites due to the engagement and skill of the players, as well as the festival feel of the music chosen. To prepare for the Tour, BRYO was invited to perform with the Queensland Youth Orchestra’s Wind Symphony, and performed with renowned didgeridoo player, William Barton.
In 2011, BRYO’s Symphony Orchestra performed the concert extravaganza, ‘The Magic of Disney’ to a record crowd, has appeared on Channel 10, has performed with Queensland Youth Orchestra’s Wind Symphony and has done two workshops with the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra. In September the Symphony Orchestra performed favourites from Video Games in their multimedia-intensive concert ‘An 8-Bit Collection’ and performed at the EB Games Expo during October. The Orchestra also supported the Queensland Police Service at the Police Commissioner’s Christmas Carols. In 2012, the Orchestra travelled to New Zealand on what has been described as one of the greatest BRYO tours ever (topping even the China tour)! The orchestra played music from musicals at Customs House to a sell-out crowd, performed with the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra on two occasions, has been invited back on Channel 10, and performed a rock inspired concert, complete with a double drum kit feature. Advanced members of the orchestra were invited to play in two pit orchestras for the year: West Side Story and Miracle on 34th St, providing that extra bit of real-world experience.