Petersfield Area Schools' String Orchestra

  Extra playing opportunities for string instrumentalists in schools and sixth form colleges in Petersfield and the surrounding area.

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PASSO 2016-2017 SEASON has begun.


PASSO Playday (TheStudio@TPS) Summer Concert 2016

- A superb day, of practice and performance. With renowned Concert Pianist Warren Mailley-Smith and a final "spectacular" concert performance by PASSO themselves. See gallery & reviews.


PASSO Busking at the Petersfield Music Festival 2016

- With a very good turn out and lots of "hard playing", PASSO entertained shoppers for 2 hours at the Square in Petersfield on Monday 30th May. See gallery.


PASSO Chichester Festival of Music 2016

- Bravo PASSO! PASSO was awarded top certificate "OUTSTANDING" and the H.W.MOORE cup on Saturday 5th March.


PASSO Chamber Strings Portsmouth Festival of Music 2016

- Congratulations to Chamber Strings, for achieving HIGHLY COMMENDED and the YOUTH ORCHESTRA CUP on Sunday 7th February.


PASSO Christmas Concert 2015

- PASSO gave their annual Christmas concert at St. Peter’s on December 12th. They had their largest ever audience for a Christmas concert, and the orchestra performed well in this their first event of the season. An exciting orchestral repertoire was interspersed with well prepared solo items and Christmas carols. The concert also saw the new PASSO Chamber Strings perform in music they are preparing for the Portsmouth Festival in February. Several dignitaries attended, including the Deputy Mayor, Childrens’ Services councillors and the Head of Hampshire Music Service, Jill Larner, who wrote: “There are many talented young players in this group and they rise to the occasion of a special concert and give their best to the audience.”


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Updated 17:55pm 12/09/2016


Events & Notices

MONDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2016 (8pm) Friends of PASSO AGM. Room E1 at TPS. Lots of help needed here to get our events support organised, so please attend, thank you.


SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER 2016 - PASSO CHRISTMAS CONCERT (7:30pm) - St. Peters Church, Petersfield

- Players to arrive at 4:15pm latest, for rehearsal.



Check our Calendar for details of festivals, concerts, notices and meetings.


Updated 20:30hrs 17/09/2016


Calendar updated 20:15hrs 17/09/2016


PASSO was created in 1979 by Alison Little, a local violin teacher who was inspired to form a children's orchestra for strings. With ongoing financial support from Hampshire County Council through the Hampshire Music Service, together with contributions from the public and local businesses, her dream materialised and continues to flourish to this day.

PASSO is part of a network of over 70 ensembles run by Hampshire Music Service, and gives a unique opportunity to young string players in the Petersfield, Alton, Liphook, Liss, Clanfield, Cowplain and Meon Valley area of East Hampshire, from both state and private sector schools, enabling them to play together and explore ensemble playing to a high level of excellence.

You are welcome to come and audition for PASSO. Auditions are held at the start of the Autumn Term, usually at the second or third rehearsal. You will be allocated a timed slot in which to perform a piece which best demonstrates your talent. One or two scales and arpeggios appropriate to your ability will also be required. A grade 2 standard or above is suggested as we have found that students who are not yet at this level struggle to cope with the demands of playing in an orchestra. In the week following the audition, you will be notified by post of your position in the orchestra. We realise that many people are daunted by the prospect of an audition, but it is necessary in order to produce a balanced ensemble with strength in all areas and allow less experienced players not to be put in a position where they feel out of their depth. We request that parents and carers remain outside the hall during your audition. Peter and Bridget have over 30 years of experience of PASSO between them and are well used to putting children at their ease.

If you are interested in joining or finding out more please contact:
Peter Thompson (Orchestral Director) 01730 267341 or Bridget Hughes (Staff Conductor) 01730 894006.



Hampshire Music ServicePASSO is part of the Hampshire Music Service, which is responsible for maintaining over 70 area and county music ensembles across Hampshire. These groups enjoy a high profile and an envious reputation locally, nationally and internationally. The Music Service is part of Hampshire County Council, and provides instrumental and vocal teaching from 150 specialist music teachers to more than 10,000 Hampshire children.


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