World Class Training for String Players up to age 21.
National Youth String Orchestra (NYSO) is one of the UK’s most prestigious and important training organisations for string players up to the age of 21. In our orchestras you will benefit from intensive outstanding personalised coaching from our music directors Damian Iorio, Rachel Erdos, Suzie Collier and Monica Wilkinson, and their dedicated team of leading professional chamber orchestra musicians..
NYSO’s Senior Orchestra is open to string players aged up to 21 with a standard of Grade 8 and above. The residencies consist of sectional and full orchestra training, with the summer residency also including concerts in major venues and festivals such as Three Choirs.
NYSO Camerata is for string players aged 13 – 17 with a standard of grade 6 – 8, and NYSO Sinfonia for ages 9 – 12 and grades 5 – 7. Both orchestras develop ensemble skills and incorporate Kodaly musicianship and Dalcroze Eurhythmics sessions linked to the repertoire to develop the specific skills needed for ensemble playing.
NYSO Sinfonietta will welcome talented 7 – 9 year-old string players to its first 3-day residencies at Easter and summer, providing a foundation for string ensemble playing with a focus on chamber music, general musicianship and the Kodaly and Dalcroze methods.
Be your Best.
"Damian Iorio is truly inspiring. His knowledge of the music and the context in which it was written enables us to play at an incredibly high level. The team spirit we all share at NYSO and our combined love of music making makes NYSO extra special. I have certainly made friends for life who have inspired me and pushed me to be the best I can." Charlotte.
"NYSO residencies are some of the main highlights of my year and I absolutely love making music with other musicians my age and particularly enjoy the full string orchestra sound and repertoire. The tutors were fantastic, giving us insights into playing and posture as well as the specifics of the pieces. The full rehearsals were extraordinary: the amount of work and depth we went into in the pieces was more than anything I’ve ever done."
We pride ourselves on our Pastoral Care. During an intensive week of rehearsals, sectionals and concerts, it is important that the players have sufficient time to relax away from their instruments, so the residencies are suitably timetabled with regular breaks and free time periods for other activities for relaxing or sport. The directors, music coaches, as well as the pastoral team, look out for the well-being of each individual. NYSO provides a very inclusive and welcoming environment that the students like to promote themselves. There is a good social dynamic, which makes everyone feel comfortable on the residencies.
The continued generosity of our supporters enables NYSO to make our residencies accessible to a broad spectrum of talented young string players. This is fundamental to our ethos and key to our continued success.Become a Supporter