NYO Inspire


Join NYO Inspire

If you play at Grade 6+ standard and attend a state school, are home-schooled, or if you are Black, Asian or ethnically diverse, and would like to join our NYO Inspire programme, please contact Rachel at inspire@nyo.org.uk.


We are particularly keen to hear from musicians who play viola, double bass, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, or percussion at Grade 6, 7 or 8 standard, and who meet the eligibility criteria.


If you’ve already applied for NYO Inspire, thank you for your application. Please watch this space for further announcements about the activity taking place next year: we'll be sharing details very soon and getting in contact with musicians who have applied.


If you had applied for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, but are also eligible for our NYO Inspire programme, you will automatically be considered for this programme.


Applications for NYO Inspire are completely free, and the application process is designed to give you a fun, collaborative and innovative musical experience, whatever the outcome.


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



NYO Inspire provides orchestral opportunities to musicians who are underrepresented in the sector, which is why the opportunity is open to teenage musicians at Grade 6, 7 or 8 standard, who attend a state school, who are home schooled, or who are Black, Asian or ethnically diverse.




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. You will not need to submit a video audition: we will allocate you to the most appropriate projects throughout the 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. This year, we are expanding the programme to include more projects, which may have a small fee attached, but we will also be launching a series of NYO Inspire bursaries alongside our means-tested bursaries to fund any musician who would otherwise be prevented from participating on financial grounds.


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!‚Äč

Horn, NYO Inspire Orchestra 

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