The Nottingham Youth Orchestra playing with Kanneh-Mason on the Piano

Next Event

Summer Concert 2024

Full details


The five orchestras under the NYO umbrella have fun learning as part of a team, working in their groups to play to the best of their ability.

Each orchestra has a team of specialist tutors who are experts in their section’s orchestral instruments whether woodwind, brass, percussion, or strings.

We have a bursary scheme to ensure that local young musicians have the opportunity to take part in NYO, this includes tour, day trips and membership fees. In exceptional circumstances, bursaries of up to 100% of fees may be awarded. Typically, bursaries of 60% are offered.

Find out more about our bursary scheme

Conductor standing infront of the Youth Orchestra

NYO - Nottingham Youth Orchestra

Senior NYO regularly receives praise for its outstanding performances of a wide range of repertoire.

Learn more about NYO

Intermediate Orchestra in concert at the Albert Hall

NYIO - Intermediate Orchestra

Intermediate Orchestra performs three concerts a year enjoying classical favourites, film scores, traditional folk and jazz music in excellent arrangements.

Learn more about NYIO

Training Orchestra in rehearsal

NYTO - Training Orchestra

Training Orchestra’s young musicians, of grade 2 standard and above, play a range of styles from classical to pop.

Learn more about NYTO

Students of the Jazz Orchestra playing Saxophones performing in Edingburgh

NYJO - Jazz Orchestra

Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra is a great place for young musicians to develop their skills and enjoyment of playing jazz, swing, pop, rock, latin, funk and more.

Learn more about NYJO

More than just an orchestra

Beyond NYO

Today's NYO - tomorrow's musical talent. Find out where students can progress to after NYO.

Learn more


When and where rehearsals take place: all the details you'll need.

View rehearsal info

NYO on Tour

Each summer NYO is invited to undertake a foreign tour.

Full tour details


Each orchestra’s annual residential weekend is musically intensive and good fun, and usually takes place in Derbyshire. As well as playing lots of music, there is time to relax with varied indoor and outdoor social activities which allow members to get to know one another away from rehearsals.


Instrumental workshops are designed to give students both the confidence to explore their own instrument and gain insights into the technical aspects of playing other instruments. Workshop presenters can be professional concert musicians and musicians of different cultural and stylistic backgrounds.

Concert Venues

NYO rehearsals lead up to performances to audiences in concert hall venues in and around Nottingham, including The Royal Concert Hall and Albert Hall, as well as at residential venues, on tour and trips.