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National Open Youth Orchestra

A group of young people in a orchestra, one boy is playing the trumpet and two girls in the background are playing the violin.

An environment where talented young disabled and non-disabled musicians learn, rehearse and perform together, promoting a more diverse orchestra for the 21st century.

Currently in its third year, the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) had been preparing for their debut concerts in Bristol and London. Due to the Covid-19 crisis we sadly had to postpone both performances.

In the meantime, we have welcomed three new members and one trainee to the London NOYO Centre. Over the past year, the National Open Youth Orchestra has continued to rehearse and socialize online via Zoom. We're also working on a video premiere of What Fear We Then?, composed for the orchestra by Alexander Campkin. We're hoping to release it later this year.

Due to Covid-19, applications to join the orchestra are currently closed. Please check back for announcements on when we will be recruiting again. If you’d like to receive an alert when we do, please email [email protected].


Meet London NOYO Centre musicians

Young man in wheelchair sits next to a screen, a clarion instrument.



What I like about being in NOYO: I am excited!  I like being together, meeting everyone and playing music, learning new music and making new patterns on my Clarion.

More about me: I enjoy going to concerts, theatre, rugby and football. I love singing and listening to music. I was born in Rome and speak Italian – I like going back to Italy and to see my family in Scotland.

Smiling boy holding an accordion


Classical Accordion

What I like about being in NOYO: I love creating music with people.

More about me: I love life, accordion, piano, organ, Bach’s baroque music, old hymns by Charles Wesley and Isaac Watts, folk and jazz tunes. I enjoy performing solo piano improvisations for Heart n Soul at the Barbican Hall and Royal Festival Hall, and love accompanying Royal Academy of Music Juniors at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club on piano, and the London Youth Folk Ensemble on ‘folk’ accordion at EFDSS and LSO St Luke’s. I also meditate on the Bible, row outdoors, exercise at gym bootcamps, help out as a volunteer at Snooker For Health & Friendship at YMCA, a disability multi-sports club. I go ‘train, tree & bird’ spotting and play with our English-speaking pet budgies who are on my YouTube account.

Young woman playing a violin



What I like about being in NOYO: I enjoy being part of a unique orchestra and playing among other young people who share my love for music. We play a range of exciting and challenging music and are given opportunities to explore different musical approaches and techniques to the pieces we play. Everyone in NOYO is so kind and encouraging!

More about me: I also play piano, flute and sing and appreciate all genres of music. I really enjoy all other aspects of the performing arts as well. I have just started a music degree studying violin performance.

Girl playing french horn in orchestra


French Horn

What I like about being in NOYO: This is the first orchestra I have ever fitted into. I normally feel like I don’t fit in but I do in NOYO.

More about me: I have just graduated with a degree in Music Performance from the University of Huddersfield. I am now at home working on our family farm. As well as music I enjoy cross-stitching, sewing and watching football (I support Lincoln City as my hometown team).

Smiling girl with a harp


Harp, piano, timpani

What I like about being in NOYO: Playing works commissioned for us and playing music with friends.

More about me: I’ve been playing harp since I was 9 years old. My dream jobs would be playing in an orchestra pit and recording music in studios. My favourite composer is Prokofiev.

Young man playing drum



What I like about being in NOYO: Helps me to be a great musician and nice to learn together with talented young musicians.

More about me: I have a huge knowledge of general sports (especially Rugby & Football). I am a volunteer ranger of South Downs National Park.

Woman smiling holding a viola



What I like about being in NOYO: I love the friendly and supportive atmosphere; I am constantly being encouraged and pushed to do my best and believe in myself, which is beneficial to me as most often than none, I am my own worst enemy!

More about me: Some things I enjoy apart from music are photography, hiking, dancing, yoga, and trampolining. I adore animals and the environment and am very passionate about learning about the world. I am currently studying BMus Music at Royal Holloway, University of London and will be studying MMus Music Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with an annual scholarship in September 2021!

Young man in studio playing harmonica



What I like about being in NOYO: I’m filling gaps in my music knowledge and learning new music with interesting musicians.

More about me: Previous film work includes ‘Hometown’, ‘Forgotten Fortresses: Hidden Histories’, and ‘Blind Photography Experiment (Parts 1, 2 & 3)’. I am currently working on ‘The Visitor’, a Drake Music/PRS Foundation commission.

Boy with a glockenspiel


Piano, Percussion

What I like about being in NOYO: I like the people there. I like playing with the orchestra.

More about me: I like jazz music, 60s music, rock and roll and 80s music. My favourite film is Mary Poppins Returns. I like hiking a lot.

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The National Open Youth Orchestra is generously supported by Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Boshier Hinton Foundation and Founding Sponsor ABRSM.

The London NOYO Centre is kindly being supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) over 2020/21.