Join NYO & NYO Inspire 2023!

Applications for NYO & NYO Inspire 2023 open on 4 April 2022! 

We make music with over 1,000 teenagers each year, and meet 6,000 teenagers in our audiences – this could be your moment to take the leap and be part of something incredible next year.


NYO: If you play an orchestral instrument at Grade 8+ standard the National Youth Orchestra is the community for you – packed with teenagers who live and breathe music, who want to meet like-minded musicians, play awe-inspiring performances, and be part of our vital mission to share incredible music with other young people. We invite you to take part in our free, fun, audition process. There is no need to have taken graded exams – this is a benchmark level.


Applications open on 4 April and close on 29 May with video auditioning by 12 June.


There are generous bursaries available, and no musician will be turned away if selected for NYO 2023.


You can find information about our open evenings and everything you will need to prepare on these pages, or on the ‘NYO 2023 applicant information sheet’ below.


NYO Inspire: Playing an orchestral instrument at around Grade 6 – 8+ level? If you want to power up your ensemble playing, expand your horizons and have a great time with musicians from across the country, then NYO Inspire is your next step. These are game-changing ensemble music opportunities specifically for teenagers who attend state schools, are home educated OR if you are Black, Asian or ethnically diverse; these are communities underrepresented in the world of orchestral music.


If this sounds like you, please apply for NYO Inspire in 2023: everyone will be included and it’s completely free for everyone. Applications open on 4 April and are open all year round, but we are encouraging you to apply now so you are allocated to a full year of activity, starting in early 2023. The sooner we hear from you, the more opportunities we will be able to match you with. Visit the NYO Inspire pages on our website for more information.


Digital Open Evenings

Our digital open evenings, are designed to share more about the NYO experience, as well as help you with your audition preparation.


Tuesday 17 May, 6pm: Come along to hear from current NYO and NYO Inspire musicians, as well as NYO alumni, to find out more about why you’d want to join the NYO community.


Monday 23 May, 6pm: Join our NYO tutors and NYO alumni musicians to discuss how best to prepare your orchestral excerpts, as well as insights into how and why learning excerpts is useful beyond the audition experience itself.


To register for the Digital Open Evenings email



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