Sinfonia Orchestra.

Age: 9 – 12

Playing standard: grade 5 – 7 standard and above

NYSO Sinfonia enables younger students at a critical stage of their musical development to make connections between all the different musical elements coming at them, and to experience how the theory, aural and physical response to rhythm all come together at the point where performance begins.

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

Residency dates 2024:

Spring: 7 – 11 April 2024 – Stamford School, Oswald Elliott Hall, East Street, Stamford, PE9 1QF

Summer: 15 – 23 August 2024 – Stamford School, Oswald Elliott Hall, East Street, Stamford, PE9 1QF

Applications for 2025 will be accepted from August 2024

(More information on 2025 Applications coming soon)

Find out more about Sinfonia’s music director Rachel Erdos and the team.


Previous repertoire includes:

Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances, Holst – Brook Green Suite, Piazzola – Libertango


Fees for 2024: £2030 (includes £250 non-refundable place acceptance deposit)

Audition Information & Requirements.

*Applications for NYSO’s 2025 orchestras will be accepted from 1st August 2024.*

Application form coming soon.

How to apply:

Applications to audition for NYSO’s 2025 orchestras can be submitted 1st August – 31st October 2024. Auditions are by video only, more information coming soon.

  1. Upload your audition video/s to YouTube (public or unlisted) or Vimeo.
  2. Complete and submit the application form (coming soon). Links to your audition video/s may be submitted either with your application form, or later via the video submission box (coming soon) by the applications deadline 31 October 2024
  3. If you wish to apply for a Bursary, the Bursary application form must also be filled out and submitted by the same deadline 31 October 2024.
Audition requirements for Sinfonia:
  1. One piece of your own choice. Playing with an accompanist is at your discretion.
  2. 2 scales in different keys and their respective arpeggios: preferably one separate and one 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 if this has been covered in your lessons (not required for basses).
  3. Three short orchestral excerpts. The links for the 2025 excerpts will be available here from July 2024.

Video instructions:
  • Please state your first and last name clearly before playing anything. Before each piece and orchestral excerpt please state the title and composer, and identify which scale you will be playing before each one.
  • Set up the camera so we can see the musician from at least the waist up, and position the music stand so we can see the musician’s instrument as well. For those auditioning on larger instruments, such as cello and double bass, please try to capture as much of the musician as possible in the picture.
  • Check that the sound quality of the recording is satisfactory and without distortion before uploading.

Audition Fee:



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

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