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 train 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.

Our first performances are planned for Spring 2020. Until then, we’re in training. 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

How to apply?

NOYO invites applications from talented 11-25-year-old musicians. The main 2019 application process closed on 31 March 2019, but we still need violinists who can perform as NOYO Members in our 2020 concerts! So we're doing a second recruitment drive, looking specifically for violinists (deadline 17 October).

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NOYO 2019 residential

We’re still buzzing from the NOYO residential!

The first-ever NOYO residential just took place. Three days of music and fun.

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