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 inclusive 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.

Stay tuned as we inject new diversity and creativity into the orchestra!

 

NOYO Digital and acoustic instruments NOYO 2019 rehearsal
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How to apply?

Applications to start with the National Open Youth Orchestra in September 2020 have now closed. If you're a talented 11-25 year-old disabled or non-disabled musician interested in joining, you'll be able to apply for an audition in spring 2021. To prepare, it's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the 2020-21 Applicants Information Pack. Find out if this could be the orchestra for you!

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National Open Youth Orchestra musicians playing brass, string and electronic instruments. Two Clarions are shown on the picture.

COVID -19 update

Following the Government’s directives in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, National Open Youth Orchestra performances due to take place on 26 April at St George’s Bristol and 9 May in Milton court in London have been cancelled. We are currently liaising with venues and will soon have updates for ticket holders.

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