NYSO Alumni

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is one of the brightest young stars on the international classical music scene. Winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.


Hannah Dawson

Violin – Sacconi String Quartet.


“I loved my time in NYSO, and it was an integral part of my musical education. It was my first experience of really exciting chamber music. Viviane trusted us with incredible repertoire – I remember us playing Schoenberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’ as if our lives depended on it! The training was rigorous, and as a result, the concerts were passionate and electric. We formed very close friendships, and even now, several of my best friends I first met in NYSO. We still reminisce about the courses, and our tour to Washington DC. I now play in a string quartet, and love occasionally having the chance to play in different chamber orchestras. I recently played Grieg’s ‘Holberg Suite’, and felt very nostalgic about NYSO. I feel very fortunate to have been part of it all, and it has undoubtedly had a very positive impact on my life.”

Claire Jones

Official harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales, Claire Jones has perfomed as soloist with NYSO as well as having been a member of the orchestra on violin.


Lara Agar

Violin and Composer


Emma Rushworth

Violin – Founder of String Infusion


Louisa Stonehill




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We currently have three orchestras. The Senior Orchestra is for Grade 8 and above, Camerata aged 13 -17 years and Sinfonia aged 9-12 years for Grade 5 to Grade 8 and above. New for 2023 our fourth orchestra , Sinfonietta will be for talented 7 – 9 year-old string players at grade 3-5 or equivalent, these grades should be regarded purely as guidance, rather than as strict requirements. Sinfonietta will provide a foundation for string ensemble playing with a focus on chamber music, general musicianship and the Kodaly and Dalcroze methods.

Senior Orchestra Camerata and Sinfonia Orchestras

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