How to apply

How to apply


The first thing you need to do to apply is to create your own NYO online account on our applications website. You do this by clicking on the ‘Login’ and then ‘Sign up’. Once you’ve done this, you can click on ‘My Applications’ and get going!  


If you already have an account then you can carry on using this and create a new application.  


It is important that you read the ‘Application Information’ page first which will give you details about preparation and how to apply.  


You can then work through each form in Steps 1 to 7 to complete your application.   


There are some questions that you may need your parents or guardians to help you with. We ask this information so that we are able to statistically report back to the Arts Council and other high-level funders. The Arts Council and other funders will not be given any personal information. This information will not be used for any other purpose in NYO and will not be passed on to any other third party.  


The webpage will guide you through with steps indicated to complete your application form. You may need to refresh your browser after you start an application for it to appear on the status of your forms. Any applications you’re in the middle of will be saved in ‘My Applications’.   



Most instruments have two rounds of auditions. Those taking part in first round need to submit a video audition. Final and single round auditions take place at an in-person assessment day.   


Video audition (first round) 

At first round you are invited to submit a video: this includes performing solo piece(s) and orchestral excerpts. The deadline for your video audition submission is 20.30 on Sunday 12 June 2022.  


Musicians who do not need to submit a video audition include: 

  • Double bass

  • Tuba 

  • Percussion  

  • Harp  

  • All NYO 2022 musicians 


Assessment days (final & single round)  

Our final round assessment days are designed to help showcase who you are as a musician, and as a young person who loves music, in the best possible environment. Our assessment days aim to encourage you in performing with your peers, playing music at a high level, and showing what music means to you. We want you to not only audition for NYO but also take away a fulfilling music-making experience.  


Final round assessment days run 09.30-18.00 and take place 1-14 September 2022 (we will release specific instruments’ dates in due course).  


Supporting you throughout the audition process  

Preparing for an audition can be a daunting prospect. We want to give candidates as much support as we can with your audition preparation so that you can give your very best performance. Here we’ve detailed what will happen between April – September so that you know what to expect:


Open Evenings  

We will be hosting three opening evenings across May (dates to be announced), inviting all applicants to webinar discussions with the NYO team, tutors, and NYO musicians and alumni. In these discussions you’ll hear some insights into the application and audition process, get a flavour of what an NYO experience is and get tips on how to successfully prepare your video submissions. There will be a chance for you to ask questions of our panel hearing from those who have been through the audition process, and who have taken part in NYO.  


Audition Preparation  

Those candidates who are invited to final round assessment days will get the chance again to digitally meet the NYO team, NYO tutors, alumni and current NYO musicians over the summer holidays. A more in-depth webinar will give further insights into what we are looking for at the final round of recruitment, ideas on how to take your first round performance and build on it and tips on how to manage practice and preparation over the summer holidays. We’ll explore more about why orchestral excerpts are so important and once again offer everyone the chance to ask questions and have more specific conversations with instrumentalists and tutors.  


NYO Coaching   

All final round candidates who are eligible for NYO Inspire can apply for a digital individual NYO coaching session. This is funded by NYO Inspire and will be designed to give you tips preparing for your audition over the summer holiday.   


Assessment Day   

We know that nerves play a part of preparing for auditions so we’ll ensure that you have plenty of time to warm up and get fully prepared for the solo audition part of the day. We also know that gathering with others can be daunting, so we’ll also be making sure each person feels welcomed, relaxed and supported throughout. If you have any concerns or worries about the day then please feel free to email us at  


Travel and Accommodation Bursaries 

NYO is committed to ensuring that there are no financial barriers to taking part in any of our activity, including to assessment days. Travel and accommodation bursaries are available for those who need to travel longer distances to attend. Full details of how to apply will be made available to candidates invited to assessment days.  


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