NYO Inspire Ensembles


NYO Inspire Ensembles are three-day residencies in orchestral family groups – Strings, Winds, Brass and Percussion – that explore challenging repertoire and ensemble playing techniques. Devised and led by NYO tutors, the project encompasses a wide range of playing techniques to develop your musicianship further.


In 2021 and 2022, some of these activities might take place digitally, but we can guarantee anyone taking part will get that same NYO Inspire experience: meeting new people, pushing outside your comfort zone, learning new skills, and getting to grips with your instrument in new ways. We can't wait to make music with all of you.


NYO Inspire Ensembles is just one part of our enormous NYO Inspire programme, where 1000 teenage musicians come together over the year to be part of the NYO orchestral community. To learn more and submit your application to NYO Inspire, click here.


My Year in NYO Inspire...

Having experienced NYO Inspire Ensembles, I knew the moment I replied YES to the invitation for NYO Inspire Orchestra, I would not be disappointed. It was something I was really looking forward to after finishing my GCSE exams.

During my time in both NYO Inspire Ensembles and NYO Inspire Orchestra, I have learnt one of the most essential skills to have as musician – how to practice. I especially enjoyed the sessions provided by Max Baillie which simplified what practice is and how to combat any challenge that confronts us.

NYO Cello Tutor Nicholas Trygstad provided countless advice, along with how to practice, and acknowledging that playing the cello was very much a physical activity. He covered the basics from learning how to sit and to have great posture, to becoming free and having the ability to move in a way that enhances your playing, making playing the cello an engaging and enjoyable experience.

I loved the fact that it was perfectly normal on the NYO Inspire Orchestra residency to chant some Mahler during lunch. I also loved that I was able to bring chamber music and gather a group of musicians to sight read our way through it.

I feel so lucky to have been given this opportunity. I have learnt so many new skills and made so many new friends. I particularly loved it when we went into schools and I was able to lead workshops and help younger students with their playing. This has not only helped improve my own playing but also my confidence! The most inspiring moment for me was realising that there are people better than me. It made me want to work harder and reach that level.


This has been an unforgettable experience and it will be one that I will certainly look forward to in the future!

Danilo , Cello
NYO Inspire Musician


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