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)

Residency dates 2020

Easter, 4 – 9 April, Stamford School, Oswald Elliott Hall, East Street, Stamford, PE9 1QF

Summer, 22 – 28 July, venue tbc

2021 provisional 6 – 11 April

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

Applications to audition for 2021 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.

Excerpts for auditions for 2020 orchestras

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

Auditions for 2021 membership will take place in Oct/Nov 2020.

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

Dates and venues to be confirmed.


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.