NYO strives to be inclusive and has a bursary scheme which provides financial support towards subscription and residential fees for families whose circumstances may prevent students from joining. We can offer further support to cover tour, workshop and instrumental tuition fees. We also let our members know of other Trust Funds they can apply to for awards. Please get in touch with the Administrator for further details.

The Needham Scholarship, the result of a generous bequest from Miss Lorna Needham, is an award open to all senior orchestra players. It is intended to help fund instrumental lessons for one academic year and each year’s Needham Scholarship winner is given the opportunity to perform as soloist with the orchestra usually at the summer post-tour concert. Members are notified about future auditions for the scholarship. The 2019 recipient was Lizzie Bratton who began playing in Training Orchestra, worked her way to become NYO’s co leader in 2018-19 and leader in 2019-20, returning in 2022 to perform the Bruch Violin Concerto with senior NYO.

Elizabeth Bratton NYO’s 2019 Needham Scholarship winner

NYO is also grateful to the Horril family for their donation in memory of Peter who was a local school master and music lover. It is hoped that the Peter Horril Scholarship Fund will support members of NYTO and NYIO.