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 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 took place in Liverpool on:

15 – 17 February 2020 (Strings / Brass)
18 – 20 February 2020 (Woodwind / Percussion)
21 – 23 February 2020 (Strings / Brass)

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 or instrument ensemble. 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.
Next NYO Inspire Day:

Sunday 20 September 2020, Sheffield

NYO Inspire Day in Sheffield will be focused on Flute.

Applications for all NYO Inspire activity in 2020 have now closed. Applications for NYO Inspire 2021 will open in September 2020. 
NYO Inspire provides orchestral opportunities to musicians who are underrepresented in the sector, which is why applications are only open to musicians who are state educated or home-schooled or Black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians. 
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. 
By taking part in NYO Inspire activity, you will automatically be 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. If you have any questions, contact the NYO Inspire Team on inspire@nyo.org.uk

It's Free!

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.

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. 



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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