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The Return of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra!

Ever wondered if there was a way to find great musicians from around the world and bring them together to play in one orchestra? Well there is - the YouTube Symphony Orchestra!

The YouTube Symphony Orchestra (YTSO for short) was founded as an online experiment in 2009. The idea was to audition instrumentalists using short videos uploaded to YouTube, from which the best players were chosen to perform a a full-length symphony concert in New York with the world-famous conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Somehow an orchestra was chosen from the many thousands of entrants, and they performed to a sell-out audience at Carnegie Hall in April 2009. Here's a video of the first half of that concert:

And now the competition to audition for the second YTSO has just been launched. The prize on offer this time is the chance to perform at the incredible Sydney Opera House, Australia, in March 2011. Once again, musicians from every part of the world will have the opportunity to put language barriers aside to perform great classical music.

The deadline for entries to the second YTSO is 28 November this year, so if you want to take part you have to be quick!

Tim Rutherford-Johnson is a writer on music. He blogs at The Rambler


By JoTerry

Shame I've only been playing the violin for a year so I don't think I would be good enough this time - maybe next year! :)

By Iluvmusic

What a wonderful idea! Shows how the internet can bring performers together and share their talent. I look forward to seeing the performance on You Tube at the Sydney Opera House next year.

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