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Classical music can be completely irresistible and cool. At the same time. Västra Götaland's Youth Symphony Orchestra are not only very impressive musicians but also master the art of playing classical in a way that does not leave anyone outside. Welcome!

Famous pieces or magnificent symphonies – in the hands of VÄGUS the music always is performed with the unmistakable desire and energy that has become their special characteristic. And the symphony orchestra is constantly renewed, only conductor Simon Kim Phipps has been with since its inception in 2000. The musicians are between the ages of 13 and 20, and for many, VÄGUS becomes a memory for life.

Ung harpist spelar på sitt instrument med blicken fokuserad på noterna.

Each spring and autumn term, the orchestra gathers for a couple of weekends for intensive rehearsals. The days are filled with fun and community and with our help we have instructors from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Opera. When the weekend is over, you are guaranteed longing for next time! Every semester, VÄGUS goes on tour and gives concerts for both adults and children.

Ungdomsorkestern Vägus på scenen med färgstark ljussättning, dirigenten har ryggen mot publiken.

Concerts with VÄGUS in Gothenburg Concert Hall
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Apply to the orchestra

As musicians move on to other assignments, new members are given the chance to experience the VÄGUS life with rehearsals, camp weekends and touring the region. Being part of a symphony orchestra with 80 of Västra Götaland’s best young musicians is a feeling out of the ordinary.

It requires a great deal of commitment, self-responsibility and interest from you who are part of VÄGUS and you are required to do a great deal on your own. You should be aged 14-20 and have come a long way in your musical development.

Get in touch with cecilia.hilmerby@gso.se for more information.

Audition weeks

  • Week 9 (application opens week 4)


Together despite the pandemic!

The 2020-2021 season did not turn out as we had hoped. Like all other orchestras, we could not play together due to the pandemic. So we decided instead to make recordings from the places we were at and combine it with the concert we did in the Concert Hall in January 2020. Here you can watch how it turned out!


Masterclass with Victoria Stjerna

Ung musiker spelar violin, flera unga musiker syns bakom och vid sidan av henne.

Develop your musicality with us

Musicians from Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, professional educators and singers inspire you in the Concert Hall - guaranteed energy injections where you get to know even more people who love music.

Play & sing with us