Intermediate Orchestras.

The aim of the NYSO Intermediate Courses 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: 10 – 13 (orchestra A), 14 – 17 (orchestra B)

Course dates 2020 (provisional)

Easter, 4 – 9 April, venue tbc

Summer, 22 – 28 July, venue tbc

Course dates 2019

Easter, 13 – 18 April – Felsted School, Felsted,  CM6 3LL

18 April – Easter course workshops all are welcome

Intermediate orchestra 1 – 13.30 – 14.30 Intermediate orchestra 2 – 15.00 – 16.00

Summer, 24 – 30 July – Monmouth School for Girls, Hereford Road, Monmouth, NP25 5XT

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 2019 – £1690 (includes £250 non-refundable place acceptance deposit)

Fees for 2020 – £1742 (includes £250 non-refundable place acceptance deposit)

Applications to audition for 2020 orchestra membership are now accepted

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.

Violin excerpts

Viola excerpts

Cello excerpts

Double Bass excerpts



Audition Information & Requirements.


  • 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.

Audition Fee

  • None

Audition Dates

2019 auditions for 2020,  Manchester – Saturday 12 October 2019 Royal Northern College of Music. London – 13 October 2019 Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Birmingham Saturday 12 October 2019 Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Audition venue options: Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester



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

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.