The world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra

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The National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) is a world first, an ambitious orchestra launched in September 2018 to give some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians a progression route. It promotes musical excellence, empowering disabled and non-disabled musicians aged 11-25 to rehearse and perform together as members of a pioneering ensemble.

Some of the National Open Youth Orchestra musicians play acoustic instruments; others, electronic instruments like the Clarion, which can be played with the movement of any part of the body including the eyes.

NOYO collaborates with cutting-edge composers to create exciting new music for a diverse range of musicians and instruments. Our first commission, ‘The Umbrella’ by Liam Taylor-West won a British Composer Award in 2018.

Join us for our first-ever performances in Spring 2020. Until then, we’re in rehearsals. NOYO musicians want it to be challenging – for them, and for you. Stay tuned as we inject new diversity and creativity into the orchestra!

 

NOYO Digital and acoustic instruments NOYO 2019 rehearsal
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Applications for an audition to start with the orchestra from September 2020 will be open on this website 1-31 March 2020. If you're a talented 11-25-year-old disabled or non-disabled musician, check out this year's criteria and start preparing... You can join rehearsals in London, Birmingham, Bristol or Bournemouth.

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NOYO 2019 residential

We’re still buzzing from the NOYO residential!

Three days of music and fun… Find out about the NOYO residential.

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