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.

Amber, Charlie and Sakura share their excitement about the upcoming NYO Ascent performances in London, Nottingham and Coventry in January! 🤩🎶

“As teenagers, we’re charging forwards to meet our hopes, our goals and our futures. That sense of passion is going to come through when you watch us perform.”

Hear a new generation get behind the greatest orchestral music of all time. Book your tickets today, they’re Free for Teens: (link in bio)

The National Youth Orchestra on your screens across the UK! 🤩🎶📺

Check out this grand opening of ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ performed by the Orchestra and conductor Alexandre Bloch in 2023, as part of ‘Live from the @barbicancentre’ series.

Play your part in the extraordinary - tune in on Thursday 4 January 2024 as we go LIVE again, this time with NYO Ascent and Sir Mark Elder!

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Experience an exhilarating adventure in sound with NYO Ascent! This winter, we’re bringing incredible orchestral music to Nottingham, Coventry and London! 🤩🎶

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Check out our performance of Judith Weir’s Fresh Air, featuring our woodwind players. The musicians use lots of different techniques and extended sounds in this piece, and each instrument has a chance to shine. 

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Last week, we kicked off the NYO orchestral year and brought the entire community together for NYO Unite, a series of day-long music making activities. Here are some highlights from our tour across the UK!

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Karakurenai’ 🥁

Check out our performance of Andy Akiho’s intricate masterpiece, originally written for solo steel pan, and now performed by all 7 percussionists from the Orchestra!

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Jessie Montgomery - Source Code 👀🎶

Play your part in the audience and start your own musical adventure. Discover a new kind of music to listen to. Our performances are Free for Teens.

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Stories from our musicians