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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.

Don’t miss the London debut of the National Open Youth Orchestra, a pioneering inclusive youth orchestra.

Over twenty of the UK’s most talented young disabled and non-disabled musicians will take to the stage to play exciting new music. Commissions have been written for a wide range of instruments, both traditional and electronic, including the Clarion, which can be played with the movement of a musician’s eyes. 

Marrying the familiar and the unknown, the afternoon’s music will be a joyful celebration of diversity as a creative force that can push the boundaries of classical and contemporary music in exciting new directions.


In light of the Government’s latest advice on coronavirus (Covid-19), it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the National Open Youth Orchestra’s debut London concert. We believe that this is the right course of action to ensure that everyone is safe and minimise risk for performers, families and friends travelling to London from around the UK. We will aim to reschedule this important event at a later date. 

Access Information

Please note, for further information about accessibility and seating including wheelchair spaces during this performance, please take a look at our accesibility page or enquire with our Box Office. An Access Guide for Milton Court can be found here. To book wheelchair spaces and/or tickets in the relaxed seating area, please contact Box Office on 020 7638 8891

This performance will be relaxed and BSL interpreted.

To book family tickets using the promo code NOYOFAMILY, enter the number of tickets you require at booking and you will be asked to enter the promo code at check out.



What Fear We Then by Alexander Campkin, commissioned in partnership with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Day One by Liam Taylor-West

Book of Consort Music by Ben Lunn

Reworkings of music by Michael Nyman, Vivaldi, Hans Zimmer and Beethoven.


National Open Youth Orchestra

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About the National Open Youth Orchestra

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning are proud lead partners of the London centre for the orchestra, promoting musical excellence and empowering musicians aged 11-25 to rehearse and perform together as members of a ground-breaking ensemble. There are three other National Open Youth Orchestra Centres, in Bristol, Bournemouth and Birmingham, running in partnership with Bristol Music Trust's National Centre for Inclusive Excellence, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Town Hall Symphony Hall, Services For Education and Midlands Arts Centre.

To find out more about the National Open Youth Orchestra visit their website


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.

Milton Court Concert Hall