Support us

Donations, both financial and time, are vital to NYO.

As an independent orchestra and Registered Charity (No 1157683), Nottingham Youth Orchestra values its links with the community.

NYO receives no local authority or state funding and depends on subscriptions and voluntary donations for its activities. As far as funds allow, we offer financial support to young musicians who would otherwise be unable to enjoy the facilities offered.

NYO appreciates the generosity of its sponsors and individuals who give freely of their time, and is most grateful for their support.

Ways to support NYO's musical youngsters

Viewing Cello section of the NYTO from behind while they play durring a practice
NYTO cello section

Adopt a chair

Sponsoring a particular position in the orchestra enables NYO to support musical youngsters. Currently NYO is seeking to fund orchestral instruments where numbers of applicants to the orchestra are dropping. Your support may enable lessons for students to learn one of these endangered instruments.

Adopt a chair


If you are interested in advertising in future NYO concert programmes, please get in touch and NYO will send you details of our competitive rates.

Advertise with NYO


Many families have been affected by recent events and it is important to us that NYO does not exclude students from activities on the basis of financial hardship. Bursaries enable the orchestra to provide financial support towards subscription, residential and trip fees as well as instrumental tuition.

Help with bursaries


Regular donations as an NYO Supporter make a huge difference to the number of students we can help. For instance our funds may enable NYO to further inspire members by treating them to see the National Youth Orchestra of GB in concert which we try to do most years.

NYO welcomes any enquiry from business sponsors and we may be able to suggest ways you can help.

Donate via JustGiving

Friends & Past Players Scheme

To support NYO, stay connected and receive news and networking by email

Download application

Fundraise for NYO

Busking, cake stalls, coffee mornings, garden parties, marathon running, mini concerts, and raffles are all ways parents, students and NYO supporters can raise money to help NYO expand its activities and support for young local music talent.

Simply use the Just Giving link at the base of this page for this purpose and don't forget to let us know about your fundraising plans.

Tell us about your fundraising

Hire NYO

Having a function? Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra can provide small ensembles to add class to any occasion whether corporate event, reception, wedding, or more informal private party.

Ask about hiring NYO

NYO quartet at Wollaton Hall
NYJO performing at John Lewis

“Both quartets were marvellous and drew a great response. The musicians were a delight to work with, a credit to the orchestra.”

— John Lewis Partnership

Instrument Loan Scheme

Do you have a quality instrument that you could loan to NYO? Instruments are lent to NYO members based on genuine need. A good instrument can make all the difference in enabling a musical youngster to achieve a better sound and inspire them to practise. Each instrument is covered by a comprehensive Loan Agreement.

Help NYO's loan scheme

Parent Helpers

Nottingham Youth Orchestra owes its success to a team of volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds and with varying amounts of time to spare. A small voluntary committee is responsible for organising rehearsals, concerts and tours etc. NYO depends on the support of parents to help rehearsals and concert day run smoothly too.

Volunteer to help

Sheet Music Sponsor  

Orchestral sheet music is an expensive investment but the good news is music is not a throwaway item: it gets played time and again! Sponsoring a new set of orchestral music to add to NYO’s music library means that every time your chosen piece is performed your name/ business can be acknowledged in our concert programme.

Sponsor sheet music

“We all felt so proud of our young musicians and music in Nottingham. NYO is such an amazing experience and it’s so refreshing to hear such talent in a world where music in schools is facing such challenging times.”

— Tracey Gordon - Parent

NYO would like to thank

Optillion Ltd
Optillion have been happy and proud to sponsor NYO with advice, website design, maintenance and hosting over several years.

AliJ Photography
In recent years Ali Johnston has been behind the lens of some favourite photos of the NYO orchestras in performance, many of which are featured on this website.

Tom Seedhouse
Tom has supported NYO over the years with graphic design and support in the form of flyers and programmes. One of his designs has inspired the headers to this website.

Steven Carr
A new supporter of NYO, Steven currently helps and supports NYO with website design, build and hosting. He designed and built this website.