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National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO)

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 is a world first. Led by young disabled musicians, it offers a progressive, inclusive training environment that is set to redefine the orchestra for the 21st century.

This autumn, we welcome our first cohort of NOYO musicians for training. NOYO is about empowering some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians to fulfil their potential, offering them unprecedented training and performance opportunities. 

NOYO also creates an ambitious musical context in which diversity acts as a catalyst for developing exciting new music. It works with composers to commission more flexible, ‘modular’ repertoire, written for the wider range of digital and acoustic musical instruments.

Informed by the findings of an extensive feasibility study, NOYO is being launched with the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama as its London Training Centre, as well as other key music partnerships around the UK.

Following its first round of auditions, NOYO accepted applications from twenty-seven young people. Instruments played include acoustic instruments such as the violin, the piano, the French horn and the harp, but also innovative digital ones like the Clarion which can be played with the movement of the body using Eye-gaze technology. 

Applications are now open to be part of NOYO. Find out more information and apply here.

NOYO is generously supported by Arts Council England and ABRSM. 

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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