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Edinburgh Tour 24 - 27 July 2023

Each summer NYO is invited to undertake a foreign tour. In recent years NYO has performed in some stunning European cities with students exploring locations such as Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Edinburgh, Florence, Paris, Prague and Vienna. This year we are really looking forward to travelling to Scotland. Edinburgh is a beautiful city, full of culture, and we will have plenty of opportunity to explore and relax alongside the music. We have had incredibly appreciative audiences and great fun on our tours. The trip includes half-board accommodation, an excursion to Arthur's Seat and all transport to and from Scotland. 


We plan to leave Nottingham early via coach from the Becket School in West Bridgford on Monday 24 July, returning on the evening of Thursday 27 July. We will hold a post-tour concert on Saturday 29 July at St. Mary's Church in Nottingham at 7:30pm. Further details and a full itinerary will follow shortly.


Whilst Edinburgh we will be staying at Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel. This hostel is located conveniently 10-15 minutes walk from the city centre, and roughly the same for walks such as Arthur's Seat. Accomodation is half-board.

Rehearsal Dates

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The Becket School, West Bridgford.

Dates subject to change

Thurs 22, 29 June
Thurs 6 July
Fri 7 July
Thurs 13 July
Fri 14 July
Thurs 20 July
Fri 21 July


We hope to perform two concerts whilst in Edinburgh finishing with our post-tour concert in Nottingham.
Watch this space for further details!

Post-Tour Concert
Sat 29 July - St. Mary's Church, Nottingham NH1 1HN

Join us for our final concert of the orchestral year as we celebrate the return of our senior orchestra from their music tour to Edinburgh. Tickets go on sale early June.

More details to follow very soon!

Rehearsal 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Concert 7:30 pm

Senior Orchestra Concert dress: 
Black dress or trousers/skirts plus black top, black shoes and black tights. Your dress or skirt must be long and wide enough so that it drops to mid-calf or below when seated (particularly cellists!)

Boys: Black trousers, black shirt (long sleeves), black socks, black shoes – no ties

NYO Staff on Tour

Andrea (centre)

Tour Organiser Andrea Hemmett

Andrea is a former NYO player, and now does a wonderful job of organising the senior orchestra tour each year.

Image: Spot the difference.... Andrea 25 years ago playing the French Horn in NYO at Haydn Hall Esterhazy, now organising the tour and back at the same place in 2018!

Conductor Alex Robinson

Alex is Nottingham Youth Orchestra’s dynamic young conductor who understands how to extract musical excellence from his players in rehearsal and performance. He has toured extensively with NYO and, whether performing here or abroad, he ensures the experience is rewarding and enjoyable for all.

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Wendy (left) with Alex and NYO's Manager Margaret Chadwick

Tutor Wendy McDonald

Wendy was until very recently senior orchestra's Woodwind Tutor and remains a Director for NYO.

Wendy relishes her role in developing the highest level of playing experiences for young musicians. She is veteran of many NYO tours where getting to know members over a 26 hour coach journey has always been a highlight!

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Matt on tour (left)

Tutor Matt Barks

Born and raised in Ilkeston, Matthew is a former member of Nottingham Youth Orchestra. As a pupil of the orchestra’s former double bass tutor, Tony Morgan, Matthew’s fondest memories of NYO are the annual summer tours. As an NYO tutor Matthew is often on the senior orchestra tour “as I’m the only one who knows how to stack 10 cellos, 3 timps and 4 basses under a bus!

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Guest Tutor (and Edinburgh expert) Jacques Moran

Jacques is a guest Tutor for NYJO (and former NYJO member). Jacques and has attended many Edinburgh Fringe NYJO tours over the years!