Trustees & Patrons


  • Charles Clark (Chairman)
  • John Bimson
  • Richard Davison
  • Louise Lansdown
  • Alison Pickard
  • David Woodhead


  • 1995 – 2016, Sir Neville Marriner CH CBE
  • Alina Ibragimova MBE
  • Julian Lloyd-Webber
  • David Takeno


National Youth String Orchestra would like to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of its funders and supporters who enable NYSO to provide outstanding coaching and performance opportunities for our young talented musicians.

  • Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation
  • Awards for Young Musicians
  • The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
  • Four Hills Music
  • The Foyle Foundation
  • Diana Fry
  • Future Talent
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • John Lewis & Partners
  • Lord Lexden OBE
  • Norsk Musikforlag AS
  • The Old Enfield Charitable Trust
  • Philip Bates Trust
  • Queenswood School
  • David Takeno
  • Tomastik-Infeld Vienna

NYSO is also pleased to acknowledge the generosity of a number of individual donors who have requested anonymity.

Come & Join Us.

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

Support Us.

The continued generosity of our supporters enables NYSO to make our residencies accessible to a broad spectrum of talented young string players. This is fundamental to our ethos and key to our continued success.

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