Senior Auditions

If you are aged up to 21 and you are a string player of Associated Board Grade 8 standard or above, you can apply to audition for the National Youth String Orchestra. Auditions are held in the autumn of each year for a place in NYSO for the following year. This page outlines what you need for an audition.

We like to meet candidates and hear them play in person, but we are also happy to accept Multi-Media/DVD's as auditions. 

Please submit your audition application for the 2019 courses below.


  • An official accompanist will be provided at all live auditions

Audition Repertoire

  • Two contrasting pieces of own choice

  • Scales and arpeggios in 2 keys of own choice, to the extent of 3 octaves. Bowings to be slurred 3 octaves to a bow, or separate bows. Rhythm is even notes throughout. 3rds, 6ths, 8ves all in one key of own choice, can be different keys for each section if preferred, to the extent of 2 octaves. Rhythm is at choice, double stops broken/stepped or together, bowing either separate or slurred in any combination

Audition Fee

  • None

Audition Dates

Saturday 17 November 2018, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

London, Caridff, Glasgow

Application Form

Date of Birth
Home Address
Tel. Number
Playing Standard
Instrumental Teacher
Instrumental Teacher's Address
Instrumental Teacher's Tel Number
Instrumental Teacher's E-mail
How did you hear about NYSO
Where will you audition
How will you audition

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