The NYO Adventure

Being part of The National Youth Orchestra is the greatest adventure teenage musicians can have through orchestral music.

Find out more about our unique approach to accelerating teenager development through the elements of community spirit, taking on challenges, playing their part and sharing their voices.

Community spirit

The NYO adventure is about teenagers from across the UK, representing regions and different backgrounds, making music together.

It’s about community spirit, seeing the best in each other and wanting the best for each other. Everyone contributes to a safe, happy and optimistic community.

Our pastoral Support Team and world class tutors encourage musicians with their expertise and knowledge. When musicians engage in a workshop, rehearse together, create music or perform they have the generous support and trust of the whole NYO community.

Taking on challenges

The adventure is about taking on exceptional musical challenges, sharing a common purpose and working for collective success.

It’s about getting behind the greatest orchestral music of all time, from masterworks to the most cutting-edge new voices, and seeking energy and excitement in musical performance. It’s about trying things out, making music in new ways, and pioneering new presentation of music. And it’s about finding new destinations – new locations, new audiences, and mediums.

Playing their part

We all know that music education is not equally available to all young people across the UK. Our musicians take action to do something about this, taking music and experiences to other young people in concert halls, primary and secondary schools and youth centres.

On the adventure musicians discover they are powerful role models, who can encourage other young people’s musical curiosity and aspirations, and foster understanding, and wellbeing through music.

Sharing teenage voices

The adventure is fuelled by what matters to teenage musicians – the music they make, and the causes they back through the power of orchestral music.

They raise their voices to advocate for young people and their musical opportunities.

Audition Tips are back! 🤩

Get ready to fine-tune your audition game. From nailing your camera setup to conquering audition jitters, NYO musicians will be giving you their top tips, to gear you up for live and video auditions for the 2025 Orchestra.

This week, NYO Double Bass player Brooke shares her advice on choosing your audition pieces and preparing your excerpts.

Open up your world - apply to join The National Youth Orchestra:
Catalyst tour begins THIS WEEK! 

Here is a clip from our first rehearsal with conductor @jessicacottis, exploring Prokofiev’s epic Symphony No.5, one of the greatest gestures of musical defiance and hope of all time.

Embrace the energy of Catalyst - join us in a concert hall.

Are you a teenager from Liverpool or London? You can experience Catalyst for free with our FREE FOR TEENS offer! Book now:
‘If you don’t go, you’re just missing out’ 👀

Wondering what all the buzz is about? Here’s what our audience has to say about their NYO experience!

Hear The National Youth Orchestra LIVE in Liverpool and London next week. 

Get your Free for Teens tickets now: (link in bio)
Mark your calendars - Catalyst performances are happening NEXT WEEK! 💥

Get ready to play your part in something transformative. Join us for Catalyst, a celebration of music to ignite change.

11 April - @thetungauditorium, Liverpool
12 April - @liverpool_philharmonic 
14 April - @southbankcentre, London

Tickets are Free for Teens, book now: (link in bio)
So, what's it reaaally like to be part of the NYO Community? 👀

NYO musicians give their insights into the NYO adventure, and tell us how their experience was different to what they expected! 

Take part in the greatest musical adventure and apply to join The National Youth Orchestra.

Find out more at: (link in bio)

‘It’s going to be one of the best musical experiences you’ll have.’🎤🫳

Collaboration. Community culture. It’s time for Catalyst. NYO & NYBB musicians give us their insights ahead of our upcoming concert tour in London & Liverpool. 

‘We want to play to young people, that’s what we’re here for.’

So, what’re you waiting for? Grab your Free for Teens ticket now: (link in bio)
So...what does the application process look like? 👀

Our current NYO musicians give their insights into the application journey. "It's really easy...don't overthink it!"

Are you ready to play your part in the greatest musical adventure? Sign up as soon as you can for top tips, and to give yourself time to get ready to do your best!

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