Join NYO 2021



"NYO is just awesome. All of it. The people, the concerts, the passion and the joy and excitement of the courses."
Lawrence,  NYO Musician




Applications for NYO generally open in April every year, however, this year we will be postponing our recruitment period very slightly due to the outbreak of COVID-19. We're looking forward to opening applications soon!


For the latest updates, we encourage you to join our mailing list, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We will update you when our recruitment period opens.


Interested in joining NYO?


If you are aged 13-18, play at Grade 8 distinction level or equivalent, or study composition to an advanced level, and are totally committed to music... the world's greatest orchestra of teenagers needs you. 


Be part of NYO and break through to the next level of orchestral brilliance, perform the most challenging music with the world’s greatest conductors and inspire other teenagers through NYO Inspire. We are also recruiting teenage composers for a year of immersion in orchestral and creative opportunities.


Auditions are FREE and Bursaries are available to cover travel to and from the audition as well as your place in the orchestra. Auditions are friendly, positive, and great learning experiences. NYO tutors share playing tips in a workshop, and all applicants receive performance feedback.


To see if you're eligible, discover what bursaries are available and hear advice from NYO musicians and tutors, explore our 'Who can apply?' section and click on the download links below.




We catch up with NYO Musicians and ask them about their journey to NYO. 


My NYO Journey

‘NYO will really change your life’ –

Yuma, clarinet 


My NYO Journey

‘I look forward to every course, and I come

back buzzing’ – Thea, double bass


My NYO Journey

‘My audition was really welcoming, you’re

there to do your best’ – Harrison, horn


My NYO Journey

‘As a composer I’ve grown so much through

being in NYO’ – Freya, composer

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