NYO Inspire Orchestra


NYO Inspire Orchestra continues NYO's bold mission to give breakthrough experiences of orchestral music to teenagers everywhere, and after a year of restrictions, we know it's something that's needed more than ever. It consists of a six-day rehearsal residency and a four day concert tour: we can't wait to fill schools across the UK with incredible music.


Performances take place in secondary schools, where thousands of young people who currently enjoy few cultural opportunities will be given the chance to hear a full symphony orchestra perform live, many no doubt for the first time.


NYO Inspire Orchestra is made up of musicians who have applied for NYO Inspire. In 2022, there are places for 1000 teenage musicians to be part of the NYO orchestral community: to learn more and submit your application, click here.


As we emerge from the pandemic, NYO Inspire Orchestra is likely to be a little different, but we will be working hard to reach schools across the UK with our activity, if restrictions allow.


NYO has inspired so many people to do so many great things.

Find out what NYO Inspire Orchestra is all about.

What was NYO Inspire Orchestra like?

'Having only found out about NYO Inspire at the start of 2019, I felt very lucky to be part of the NYO Inspire Orchestra later in the year. It was amazing to meet so many like-minded and committed musicians, who were both part of NYO or NYO Inspire like me. It was so refreshing to play with so many dedicated people, and it’s fair to say all this passion was conveyed into the final performance. 

I think my favourite memory from NYO Inspire Orchestra could be taken from any of the sectional rehearsals, as they really encompass what I love about NYO Inspire, the focus on improving ourselves and our music-making while giving a good performance and having fun at the same time. There was a pleasant informality, which allowed even greater focus on improving musicianship in the group.

Inspire Orchestra has been a demanding, but rewarding and really fun experience. I was immediately up to the challenge (Bartòk ‘s Concerto for Orchestra was no mean feat), and I felt excited to meet up with friends I had made during my participation in the NYO Inspire Ensembles in February. 

The NYO Inspire Orchestra typically goes on a four-day tour at the end of its six-day residency, visiting schools, sharing music and giving workshops. I think this is where I learnt a lot about myself, as having to give workshops and share my knowledge with people who have had little contact with orchestral music, is something I’d never done before.


For me, it was undoubtedly the highlight of the residency. I hope that the atmosphere of encouragement and warmth I experienced at every NYO Inspire activity I took part in 2019, will encourage eligible young musicians to apply and share their love of music and its transformative power.'

Fraser Gilliat
NYO Inspire Orchestra


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