We are all saddened by the news of the death of Sir Neville Marriner CH CBE. Sir Neville was for many years a Patron of NYSO and conducted the Orchestra on several occasions, on courses, at concerts in London and on tour to Capri and Ischia. We will miss him immensely and our thoughts are with his family.
With our music director Damian Iorio, the National Youth String Orchestra aims to continue and improve the already high standard reached by our orchestra and attract young string players from all around the UK to join this amazing experience. The most outstanding aspect of NYSO is the standard of coaching - from a dedicated team of professional musicians with a lifetime's experience of chamber orchestra playing.
Membership of NYSO's Senior Orchestra is by audition and is open to all string players up to the age of 21 with a playing standard of Grade 8 and above.
Membership of NYSO's Intermediate orchestra is also by audition and is for string players with a playing standard of grade 6 to grade 8 level and above. The course incorporates Kodaly musicianship and Dalcroze Eurhythmics sessions linked to the repertoire to develop the specific skills needed for ensemble playing.