What will it cost?


Applications and auditions for NYO and NYO Inspire are completely free! Musicians who are successful at their audition and who get in to NYO will be asked to contribute towards the cost of a place in the orchestra: in 2022 we are asking for a contribution of £2,142 per musician, which represents around a quarter of the total cost of your place. We have a generous bursary scheme for any musician who needs financial support to take part, with specific funds available for NYO Inspire eligible musicians. Depending on your financial circumstances we will fund all of the contribution or some of it. We can also guide you in applying for support from other organisations. 


NYO Inspire activity is free, thanks to generous donations from our funders, as the programme is specifically funded to increase access and participation for musicians who are underrepresented in the sector. 


We raise over £1.8m so we can subsidise places in NYO for those who need it. If you would like to help fund NYO bursaries, please contact our development team.



What will the activity be?  


In 2022, we are doing our best to create concrete plans in an uncertain environment as restrictions lift. Just as we have done in 2021, we are planning for some physical and some digital activity, building on what has worked so well this year, but understanding that there is nothing quite like live performance in person! Some activity will be targeted at those playing at certain grades, and there will be a mixture of orchestral, creative and ensemble projects. 



How old do I need to be?  


The NYO Community is open to teenagers, but if you don't quite fit that age bracket, we would encourage you to get in touch with us before you apply: email auditions@nyo.org.uk; we are likely to get in touch with you directly if you would benefit from the experience but are just outside the age parameters. 



Will I need to take time off school? 


Sometimes our dates clash with some school activity. We try our best to schedule NYO & NYO Inspire projects in the school holidays. If you have to miss school and are having trouble getting time off, we are more than happy to talk to the school and send a letter of support if required. 



I've not taken Grade 8 yet, should I say I'm Grade 7? 


We know this year, more than most, there has been a disruption to the exams you might have taken. You don't need to have taken your Grade 8 exam to be playing at a Grade 8 level; sometimes we ask your music teacher to confirm the standard you are playing at if you haven't yet taken the graded exam. We have also removed the requirement to have a Grade 8 Distinction this year, to widen the opportunity to as many people as possible. We would encourage you to speak to your music teacher if you feel you are between two grades at the moment, or email us on auditions@nyo.org.uk



Can I apply on more than one instrument? 


Yes – but please make a separate application for each instrument, using the same login details. 



I play a 'non-standard' instrument that isn't normally in an orchestra. Can I apply?    


Yes! Please do submit an application: this application process is designed so we can get to know you and shape projects that work for as many people who apply as possible. All of our projects will have music at the centre, but not all of these will require you to play an 'orchestral' instrument, particularly while we are meeting in smaller ensemble groups. 



How much time commitment will there be? I have exams and I'm worried.  


We know this year in particular that your exams might have taken on more importance due to the uncertainty and disruption caused by the pandemic. This is why we always do our best to ensure every activity we run has enough time and space for you to keep your schoolwork going alongside it, and this year is no exception. Our digital activity is likely to take up half days, rather than full days, with plenty of breaks. Our in-person residential activity, when it is allowed, always ensures there is time for you to revise or take time out should you need to. 



For the different NYO Inspire events that are being planned, will you need to apply for each event separately or will you automatically get invited to the ones that are applicable to you?  


We will be in touch with you to invite you to any applicable projects; you only need to apply once. 


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