Intermediate Orchestras.

The aim of the NYSO Intermediate residencies is to help students at a critical stage of their musical development to ‘Make Connections’ between all the different musical experiences coming at them.

Realising that theory, aural and physical response to rhythm all come together at the point where performance begins, is an eye-opener for young players.

Playing level: Grade 5 to grade 8 standard and above
Ages: 9 – 12 (orchestra A), 13 – 17 (orchestra B)

2021 provisional residency dates:

Spring: 6 – 11 April

Summer: 24 – 30 July

Previous repertoire includes:

Elgar – Serenade for Strings, 2019, orchestra A

Rautavaara – Divertimento in D k.136, 2019, orchestra A

Piazzola – Libertango, 2019, orchestra B

Beethoven String Quartet op95 1st mvt (arr. Mahler), 2019, orchestra B

An essential experience.

Intermediate NYSO introduces ensemble skills and incorporate Kodaly musicianship and Dalcroze Eurhythmics sessions linked to the repertoire to develop the specific skills needed for ensemble playing.

Fees. (Easter & Summer courses)

Fees for 2021 – £1742 (includes £250 non-refundable place acceptance deposit)

Applications to audition for 2021 orchestra membership are now accepted


Due to current Covid 19 restrictions it is unlikely that auditions will be able to proceed at venues in person.

In order to avoid disappointment please submit your application to audition via video recording wherever possible.

Audition Information & Requirements.

Please note: There is one audition process for both Intermediate orchestras. Places will be offered to the appropriate orchestra at the Music Director’s discretion.


  • An official accompanist will be provided at all live auditions.

Audition Repertoire

  • One piece of your own choice
  • 2 scales in different keys and their respective arpeggios, separate and slurred. Choice of 2 or 3 octaves at your (and your teacher’s) discretion
  • One double stop scale of your choice in either 6ths, 3rds or octaves
  • 3 short orchestral excerpts which will be sent 2-3 weeks before audition date. If you are auditioning by DVD, these will be sent 2-3 weeks before submission deadline.

Excerpts for auditions for 2021 orchestras

Violin excerpts

Violin excerpts intermediate audition

Viola excerpts

Viola excerpts intermediate audition

Cello excerpts

Cello excerpts intermediate audition

Double Bass excerpts

Double Bass excerpts intermediate audition

Audition Fee

  • None

Audition Dates

Auditions for 2021 membership will take place in Oct 2020.

We like to meet candidates and hear them play in person, however due to current Covid 19 restrictions it is unlikely that auditions will be able to proceed at venues in person and therefore advise all auditions should be video/media submissions. Online applications to audition be received by 20 October 2020. Video Multi-Media auditions to be received at by 30 October 2020.





NYSO’s bursary scheme exists for students from families who would find it difficult to meet the costs involved in attending NYSO residencies.

More Info

NYSO are delighted to be in partnership with the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Students of the Junior GSMD who missed the auditions may be considered for a place in NYSO, at the discretion of the Music Director and places being available, following a recommendation from their string teacher and audition.