Young creatives

National Open Youth Orchestra

Young musicians who are disabled and able bodied play a selection of instruments as part of the National open Youth Orchestra

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 an exciting year ahead as members prepare for their debut concerts in Bristol on 26th April and at our very own Milton Court on 9th May. 

We’re 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 for auditions will be open 1-31 March 2020. Participation in the orchestra is free. Bursaries are available to cover travel and some other expenses.

Taster Sessions

Musicians playing

Watch: NOYO perform 'The Umbrella'

Some of our current NOYO musicians have joined us from the pilot South-West Open Youth Orchestra. Watch them play The Umbrella, a modular composition by Liam Taylor-West.

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Be there when it happens with discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment as well as events and creative opportunities for 14-25 year olds

Sponsors

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.