About Us.

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 and Rachel Erdos and their dedicated team of leading professional chamber orchestra musicians.

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Thanks to the coaching team and Damian who so skilfully brought out the best in us and to all the other lovely musicians on the residency.

Membership of NYSO’s Senior Orchestra is by audition and is open to all string-players aged up to 21 with a playing standard of Grade 8 and above and the potential to benefit from what NYSO provides. There are two residencies a year, in the spring and summer school holidays. The residencies consist of sectional and full orchestra training, with the summer residency also including public performances in a variety of venues. Auditions are held in the Autumn of each year for a place in the orchestra for the following year.

Membership of NYSO’s Camerata and Sinfonia Orchestras are also by audition and are for string players with a playing standard of grade 5 to grade 8 level and above, aged 9 -12 and 13-17. Camerata and Sinfonia NYSO introduce ensemble skills and incorporate Kodaly musicianship and Dalcroze Eurhythmics sessions linked to the repertoire to develop the specific skills needed for ensemble playing.


Come & Join Us.

We have three orchestras. The Senior Orchestra is for Grade 8 and above and the Camerata and Sinfonia Orchestras are for Grade 5 to Grade 8 and above.

Senior Orchestra Camerata and Sinfonia Orchestras

Support Us.

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.

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