NYO Inspire


Join NYO Inspire

Applications for NYO Inspire are open all year round, but to make the most of the activity taking place in 2023, you will need to apply by September. 


If you want to power up your ensemble playing, expand your horizons and have a great time with musicians from across the country, then NYO Inspire is your next step. These are game-changing ensemble music opportunities specifically for teenagers who attend state schools, are home educated OR if you are Black, Asian or ethnically diverse; these are communities underrepresented in the world of orchestral music.  


There is no deadline for applying for NYO Inspire - applications are open all year. However, the sooner you apply for NYO Inspire, the sooner we can match you with relevant activity; there's still plenty of music-making happening between now and 2023, so apply now and we'll consider you for all of the 2023 projects. 


Applications for NYO Inspire are completely free. 


We can’t wait to make music with you all. 



After an induction day in Autumn, the NYO Inspire year features one-day events and residencies structured around the holidays and weekends. There will also be digital webinars, training and preparation, and creative sessions to connect the whole NYO community of orchestra and Inspire musicians.   


Here are some outline dates: 


NYO Inspire Instrument Days Throughout the year

NYO Inspire Ensembles February 2023 half term (dates tbc) 

NYO Inspire Orchestra Days Five dates across Spring 2023 

NYO Inspire Orchestra Two weeks in July 2023 


Not everyone is invited to every project, but every participant will be included at an induction days and an NYO Inspire Orchestra Day. 


NYO Inspire Orchestra Days

NYO Inspire Orchestra Days are your chance to take your playing to the next level and get that breakthrough orchestral experience. 


Spend an immersive day in workshops and rehearsals, focused on peer learning and sharing with NYO musicians. Through this open exchange, you’ll develop your ensemble playing skills and explore ways of listening, while experiencing the joys of orchestral music-making in a friendly and creative environment. You’ll then showcase what you’ve learned in a performance for family and friends. 


NYO Inspire Orchestra Days take place during the Spring months in five locations around the country. 


NYO Inspire Ensembles

NYO Inspire Ensembles are three-day residencies in orchestral family groups – strings, wind, brass and percussion – that explore challenging repertoire and ensemble playing techniques. Devised and led by NYO tutors, the project encompasses a wide range of playing techniques to develop your musicianship further. 


Through NYO Inspire Ensembles you’ll meet young people from around the country, pushing outside your comfort zone, learning new skills, and getting to grips with your instrument in new ways in a friendly and creative environment. You’ll then showcase what you’ve learned in a performance for family and friends. 


NYO Inspire Ensembles takes place during the February half term.  


NYO Inspire Orchestra


NYO Inspire Orchestra continues NYO's bold mission to give breakthrough experiences of orchestral music to teenagers. NYO Inspire Orchestra is made up of around 70 musicians who we meet at NYO Inspire Ensembles and NYO Inspire Orchestra Days and consists of a six-day rehearsal residency and a four-day concert tour. Performances take place in secondary schools, where thousands of young people who currently enjoy few cultural opportunities will be given the chance to hear a full symphony orchestra perform live, many no doubt for the first time.  


NYO Inspire Orchestra takes place in July. 





If you play at Grade 6+ standard and if you attend a state school, are home-schooled, or if you are Black, Asian or ethnically diverse, please apply using the application link below.  In this section you will find details about eligibility requirements. 


You will need to be between 13 and 18 on 1 September 2022 in order to apply for NYO Inspire 2023.   


Orchestral Instruments 

NYO Inspire is for those playing orchestral instruments: 

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Orchestral Percussion, Harp, Orchestral Keyboard and Saxophone 



If you are playing your instrument at around Grade 6 standard or above then we want to hear from you. There is no requirement to have taken any grade exams at all.  



You must be a British citizen or resident or studying in the British Isles.  



You must be at Secondary School or Sixth-Form College or on a gap year. 



NYO Inspire is for teenage musicians who would benefit most from the opportunity, irrespective of individual means, which is why we fund all places as a charity. We also offer bursaries for travel for those who need assistance. 



NYO Inspire is for teenage musicians who would benefit most from the opportunity, irrespective of individual means, which is why we fund all places as a charity. 


We have to raise over £1.5m every year to continue doing what we do so if you do have the means to contribute, we would be very grateful for your support. You can donate online here or by cheque—please make the cheque payable to NYO, and post to NYO, 10 Great Turnstile, London WC1V 7JU. Your contribution gives teenagers a musical opportunity like no other. Thank you for your support. 

  is a major sponsor of NYO Inspire.



My NYO Inspire Story: Deronne

Our flautist Deronne's transformative journey of peer learning and sharing.

NYO Inspire has been a life changing experience. Being inspired by other musicians with such a fiery passion has opened my heart to a million opportunities I want to pursue as a violinist.

Violin, NYO Inspire Orchestra 

Meeting so many cool people, performing cool rep, and sharing our stories is something I will remember throughout my life. I just hope I am allowed back for another one!​

Horn, NYO Inspire Orchestra 

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