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, supporting 11-25 year-old disabled and non-disabled musicians 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 any movement 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

How to apply?

Applications to audition for the National Open Youth Orchestra will open 1-31 March 2022. Come back to access the form online. Until, then you can start preparing! If you're a talented 11-25 year-old disabled or non-disabled musician, it's useful to read our latest Applicants information pack. It will give you a good idea of what it's like to apply, and also what being a member of the orchestra is about.

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There was so much positive energy from all the organisations present at The Music Partnership Forum Wales meeting! Help us take the the National Open Youth Orchestra to Wales.

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