About 2018-01-18T18:24:56+00:00

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia is a unique youth orchestra, delivering life changing residential courses for young musicians and unforgettable concerts. The orchestra is at the cutting edge of music education, and is the first youth orchestra in the world to be 100% digital, using iPads instead of sheet music.

The YYS team is made up of musicians from some of Europe’s leading orchestras and conservatoires. Regularly making headlines, YYS gained national acclaim in 2015 as the feature of the BBC Radio 4 programme “Birth of an Orchestra” with Alan Bennet, and in 2016 won the Arts and Culture Award at the White Rose Awards 2016, the largest tourism awards in the UK

Tom Hammond


Tom Hammond was the first Sir Charles Mackerras Fellow in Conducting at Trinity Laban conservatoire of Music and Dance (2006-08), made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, and in 2012 was appointed Charter Fellow in Conducting at Keele University (2012-2015).

Tom is Artistic Director of sound collective, the acclaimed professional ensemble and production organisation based in London. He also maintains a busy schedule of rehearsals and concerts as Music Director Sinfonia Tamesa (London), the Essex Symphony Orchestra and Hertford Symphony Orchestra, as well as being a regular Guest with many others ensembles.

A former Principal Conductor at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, Tom is regularly invited to conduct many student orchestras and ensembles including the Palestine Youth Orchestra, with whom he directed acclaimed concerts in Jordan in 2012 and returned to conduct in 2014. He is also a popular leader of the instrumental course at the Ingenium Academy International Summer School, designs and leads education projects, family concerts, talks and musical explorations.


Esther Abrami


Described as a ‘rising star’ by the Strings Magazine, Esther has performed in world renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall in New-York, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre in London. Her most recent performances as a soloist include a recital at the British Embassy in Paris and a concert with the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra in New-York where she played on a Girolamo Amati I, Cremona 1617 violin kindly lent by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.

She was recently invited to perform at Classic FM studios.

Esther has been awarded a first prize at the Vatelot Rampal violin competition, and at The Arts of Instrumental Performance Concert Series “The Arts of Strings”. She has recently won the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition 2017.

With over 100,000 followers across her social media channels Esther’s ever-growing following has led her to become an ambassador for renowned music related brands such as D’Addario Orchestral, Newzik and Beaumont Music as well as for fashion luxury brands including Yves Saint-Laurent, Lancôme, Daniel Wellington and The Kooples.

Born in France in 1996, Esther graduated from the Aix-en-Provence Conservatoire at the age of 14 and continued her studies at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. In 2015, Esther began her undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music in London and currently studies with Leonid Kerbel.

She has had the privilege of working with many distinguished musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Alexander Markov, Regina Carter, and Charlie Siem.

Esther plays on a Carlo Giuseppe Testore of Milan violin, dated ca. 1700, label Giovanni Grancino.


The course is for young musicians aged 12-18 during the time of the course, and at least grade 6 standard.

The students will enjoy fantastic facilities and accommodation, where all aspects of their musical and social development are nurtured by our passionate staff. You can find out more in the following sections: