NYO Inspire



NYO Inspire is a game changing inclusion and access programme which provides free opportunities to Grade 6-8 teenage musicians to develop their orchestral playing.  At the heart of the programme is the power of peer inspiration and learning; we believe teenagers can gain so much from open exchange and sharing with fellow teenage musicians.

Our objective is to offer every talented and dedicated teenage musician the chance to have a breakthrough experience through NYO Inspire, both as musicians and audience members. Within this we have a special focus on supporting and empowering musicians underrepresented in NYO and the professional orchestra sector.

Through in-depth workshops, rehearsals, and public performances, NYO Inspire events offer the opportunity to develop ensemble playing skills, meet enthusiastic musicians from across the country, and work closely with NYO Musicians and Tutors in a friendly and creative environment.

If you are, or you know, a committed teenage musician that needs access to further orchestral opportunities and play at Grade 6-8 (or equivalent), join us on an NYO Inspire project and experience transformative music-making.



  is a major sponsor of NYO Inspire.


NYO Inspire Ensembles

NYO Inspire Ensembles are 3-day residencies in orchestral family groups – Strings, Winds, Brass and Percussion – that explore challenging repertoire and ensemble playing techniques. NYO Inspire Ensembles take place in Liverpool and are specifically targeted to musicians who have limited orchestral opportunities to offer a high-quality musical experience.

16 – 18 Feb 2019 String & Brass Ensembles (violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba)

19 – 21 Feb 2019 Wind Ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn)

22 – 24 Feb 2019 Brass, String & Percussion Ensembles (violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, percussion)

NYO Inspire Days

NYO Inspire Days are immersive one-day events of orchestral workshops and rehearsals and offer you a chance to play as a full 120-piece symphonic orchestra. Experience a day of NYO activity by working alongside NYO musicians and NYO tutors in sectional, full sectional and full tutti rehearsals. Held across the country. 

24 March 2019

22 September 2019


How to Apply

Applications for NYO Inspire 2019 have now closed, however further recruitment for NYO Inspire Days generally open two months before each project. Applications for NYO Inspire projects in 2020 will open in September 2019.

Please note that there are limited places available, and it is not guaranteed that you will have a place on the programme, but we make every effort to include as many musicians as possible. If you have any questions, contact the NYO Inspire Team on inspire@nyo.org.uk.

If you have taken part in NYO Inspire activity, you will be automatically considered for NYO Inspire Orchestra. We invite musicians we have met at NYO Inspire activity throughout the year to take part in NYO Inspire Orchestra.

It's Free!

NYO Inspire is for all teenage musicians who would benefit from the opportunity, irrespective of individual means. We will be funding all places, but 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 donate 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. 



My NYO Inspire Story: Deronne

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

It has given me an overwhelming positive frame of mind for my music-making and my life in general. It was an unforgettable adventure that is too great to be justified by one word alone.

Cameron Smith
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

Tom Rocke
Horn, NYO Inspire Orchestra 

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