Wide view of the stage at the Albert Hall in Nottingham with the Nottingham Youth Orchestra performing

NYO - Nottingham Youth Orchestra

Senior NYO regularly receives praise for its outstanding performances of a wide range of repertoire. NYO’s talented young musicians experience the thrill of three annual public concerts, residential weekends and workshops. The highlight of the year is the tour, usually to Europe in the first week of the summer holidays.

NYO Orchestra in Esterhazy for concert rehearsals
Esterhazy rehearsal, Vienna Tour 2018
NYO orchesta all sitting on steps for a group photo
NYO group photo, Vienna 2018

The orchestra’s regular conductor is Alex Robinson, and NYO also benefits from visiting guest conductors such as James Lowe – himself a former member of NYO. Exposing NYO to a variety of conducting styles and repertoire helps to raise standards and develop orchestral playing.

In addition NYO’s concerts often feature established professional soloists and gifted young soloists starting out, so NYO learns when to accompany and when to shine. NYO members who are awarded the annual Needham Scholarship are given the opportunity to perform a solo piece with their fellow orchestral players, usually at the summer term concert.

“Conductor Alex Robinson not only extracts musical excellence from his young players but also gives the impression that doing so has been a lot of fun.”

— Nottingham Post

Soloists NYO has worked with include:

Lucy Kay Allen - soprano
Daniel Bell - violin
Ben Dawson - piano
Charlotte Ellett - soprano
Marcus Farnsworth - baritone
Christian Garrick - violin
Clare Hammond  - piano
Chloe Hanslip - violin
Paul Hopwood - tenor
Isata Kanneh-Mason - piano
Jeneba Kanneh-Mason - piano
Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE - cello

Julian Lloyd Webber - cello
Stepanie Maitland - mezzo-soprano
Tom Poster - piano
Jian Ren - violin
Sophie Rosa - violin
Yasmine Rowe - piano
Nicholas Sharratt - tenor
Katie Stephenson - mezzo soprano
Iyad Sugahayer - piano
Shin Suzuma - piano
Yuanfan Yang - piano