Through a carefully planned programme of sectional and full rehearsals, NYSO’s Senior residencies set out to help young players develop the special ensemble skills and techniques necessary to play successfully as a member of a chamber orchestra section. The aim is for each section to play “as one”.
Playing level: Grade 8 and above
Ages: up to 21
Residency dates 2020
Easter, 4 – 9 April, Stamford School, Oswald Elliott Hall, East Street, Stamford, PE9 1QF
Summer, 17 – 25 July, venue tbc
Bach Brandenburg 3
Kalinnikov – Serenade
Beethoven – Grosse Fugue
Schnittke – Mozart a la Haydn
Howells – Concerto for String Orchestra
2021 provisional residency dates 6 – 11 April
Previous repertoire includes:
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Jaques Cohen) 2019
Britten – Variations of a Theme of Frank Bridge 2019
Britten – Prelude and Fugue for 18 strings 2018
Strauss – Metamorphosen 2018
Stravinsky – Apollon musagète 2017
Beethoven – Quartet no. 11 op 95 arr. Mahler 2017
Fees. (Easter & Summer courses)
Fees for 2020: £2080 (includes £250 non-refundable place acceptance deposit)
Applications to audition for 2021 orchestra membership are now accepted
Audition Information & Requirements.
If you are aged up to 21 and you are a string player of Associated Board Grade 8 standard or above, you can apply to audition for the National Youth String Orchestra. Auditions are held in September of each year for a place in NYSO for the following year. This page outlines what you need for an audition.
We like to meet candidates and hear them play in person, but we are also happy to accept Multi-Media recordings as auditions. Online applications to be received by 30 September 2019. Video Multi-Media auditions to be received at firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 October 2019.
An official accompanist will be provided at all live auditions
Two contrasting pieces of own choice
Scales and arpeggios in 2 keys of own choice, to the extent of 3 octaves. Bowings to be slurred 3 octaves to a bow, or separate bows. Rhythm is even notes throughout. 3rds, 6ths, 8ves all in one key of own choice, can be different keys for each section if preferred, to the extent of 2 octaves. Rhythm is at choice, double stops broken/stepped or together, bowing either separate or slurred in any combination
Short sight-reading excerpt
Auditions for 2021 membership will take place in Oct/Nov 2020.
Audition venue options: Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester
Venue and dates 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.