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NYO Inspire is bigger than ever before: submit your application by 30 November 2020 for a year of musical opportunities 

Our musical activity looks a little different this year, but our message is the same: if you were hoping to join NYO 2021, or if you are eligible to take part in NYO Inspire, we want to hear from you!  


We are determined to meet as many of you as possible, and create as many opportunities as we can for you to meet each other, share your skills, and create great music together. 


We’re doing this by expanding NYO Inspire to make it bigger than ever before, with more musicians and more projects than in previous years.  


What is NYO Inspire:  

NYO Inspire is our programme designed to widen access to orchestral music for those musicians traditionally underrepresented in the sector: musicians in state education, and musicians who are Black, Asian or ethnically diverse. If this sounds like you, and you play at Grade 6 or above then we’d like to invite you to fill in an application form. 


APPLY to NYO Inspire NOW 


Grade 8 Musicians: 

If you play at Grade 8 standard, we would like to invite you apply to be part of our expanded NYO Inspire activity through this same application form: this includes musicians who would have hoped to audition for NYO this year. Opportunities for Grade 8 musicians are open to all teenagers, regardless of where you are educated. 


If you play at Grade 8 standard, we’ll also be in touch over the coming weeks to invite you to submit a video as part of your application. We’ll use these videos to get to know how you play, and help us assign you to musical activities across the year. In addition there may be opportunities for successful applicants to take part in NYO activity throughout the year. 


What will it cost?  

Some of our activity across the year will have a fee attached, but 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. 


What will the activity be? 

NYO Inspire activity will include a mixture of digital and in-person events and residencies. Some activity will be targeted at those playing at certain grades, and there will be a mixture of orchestral, creative and ensemble projects. 


More dates will be shared as planning progresses but some initial dates we are looking at include: 

January – August        Digital projects 

13– 23 February            Regional projects 

7– 18 April                         NYO and NYO Inspire: Orchestral Residencies (3-5 days) 

29 May – 7 June            NYO Inspire: Ensembles Residencies 

25 July – 8 August       NYO and NYO Inspire: Orchestral residencies (8-14 days) 


The deadline for applications is 30 November 2020.  


Want to get to know us a little better? Meet our community! From our staff and support teams to our tutors, musicians and alumni, NYO is a welcoming family with a mission to make music with as many young musicians as possible from across the UK through NYO Inspire in 2021. Watch our videos below where NYO musicians from all sections of the orchestra respond to questions about NYO and NYO Inspire, you've always wanted to ask! If you'd like to take part in our creative workshop, you can watch it on YouTube here.


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