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National Open Youth Orchestra

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The National Open Youth Orchestra offers an environment where talented young disabled and non-disabled musicians rehearse and perform together, promoting a more diverse orchestra for the 21st century.

Currently in its second year, the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) has been preparing for their debut concerts in Bristol and London. Due to the UK Government advice on Covid-19 we have had to postpone both performances. We will aim to reschedule these important events at a later date.

In the meantime, we are looking ahead to Autumn 2020 where we will be welcoming new musicians aged 11-25. If you have a passion for music, can demonstrate significant musical potential on acoustic or electronic instruments and have the determination to persevere musically and personally, this could be the orchestra for you! Young disabled people who face barriers to musical instruments but control assistive technology or a communication aid (such as an EyeGaze computer) to a standard that could translate to playing an electronic instrument such as the Clarion are also encouraged to apply. 

Applications to the orchestra in 20/21 have now closed. Participation in the orchestra is free. Bursaries are available to cover travel and some other expenses.


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The National Open Youth Orchestra is generously supported by Arts Council England, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Borrows Charitable Trust, The Medlock Charitable Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Medlock Charitable Trust and founding sponsor ABRSM. 

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