The Nottingham Youth Orchestra

*** CALLING ALL YOUNG MUSICIANS! We have FIVE orchestras to suit all abilities. Visit our 'Joining Page' to find out more! ***

UPDATE: Autumn term LIVE rehearsals commence Thursday 8th September 2022. Visit our 'Joining' Page to find out more

Welcome to the web site of the Nottingham Youth Orchestra - one of the country's top orchestras for young people. Nottingham Youth Orchestra comes "highly recommended" by our parents and members. Here are some other post-concert online comments: "Amazing", "brilliant", "fabulous", "thrilling", "wonderful performance."

During lockdown we missed our weekly rehearsals and so to continue to enjoy playing music together we ran three virtual orchestras. This is the first virtual performance from our amazing senior orchestra on YouTube.



Interested in joining one of our FIVE orchestras? Email OR visit our 'Joining Page' to find out more.

Around 2000 people have seen us perform repertoire from Stravinsky to Glen Miller and Disney hits, and we've given a world premiere! This academic year over 200 talented youngsters in our three orchestras and three jazz orchestras have experienced almost 50 pieces of music. This means handling a library of nearly 3000 individual sheet music parts! We've also had: seven different performance venues; two residential trips; a trip the National Space Centre; string, wind, percussion and jazz workshops; and seen the National Youth Orchestra of GB perform.

Ask our kids for their highlights, and top of the list is the friendships made alongside break-time cakes, the ever popular weekly tuck shop, and an exclusive NYO ice cream van visit! We know their sight-reading, instrumental and listening skills improve hugely each year, and they keep coming back for more.

Twenty five dedicated and experienced instrumental tutors, five professional conductors, and a fantastic team of parent helpers make all this happen, and we can't wait to see what the 2019-20 season will bring! Hopefully a few more bassoonists, trombonists, bass and viola players will join our exceptional music making at a time when instrumental music is seeing a decline in schools.

There are in fact six orchestras - Training, Intermediate, Youth and Jazz with almost 300 young people involved at all stages of musical ability. Each of the orchestras regularly gives public concerts in and around Nottingham. The Youth Orchestra is well known for the high standard of music and each summer undertakes a tour somewhere in the world. The Jazz Orchestra regularly goes on tour in August to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

See the Concerts page for full details.

Founded in 1985 the orchestras aim to encourage young people to play to the best of their ability and professional tutors lead each orchestral section. Weekly rehearsals are an important part of learning together along with an annual residential weekend which is both musically intensive as well as good fun. We rehearse at the Becket School in West Bridgford NG2 7QY Thursday evenings during term time (Tuesdays for the Jazz Orchestra).

Please browse through this site which we hope will give you a flavour of what being a member of the orchestra is like, read our mission statement and contact us for more details.

Interested in joining us then visit our FAQ PAGE...









The Nottingham Youth Orchestra