About Us

Launching in September 2018, the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) will be the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra.

NOYO will provide an inclusive progression route, to support the development of the UK’s most talented young disabled people. It will also be open to non-disabled young people, providing an innovative and ambitious musical context for everyone. NOYO musicians will be empowered to radically redefine the idea of ‘The Orchestra’ – inspiring new musical instruments and creating new musical forms for the 21st century.

NOYO is informed by the findings of an extensive feasibility study and builds upon the success of the South-West Open Youth Orchestra (SWOYO), founded in 2015. Trailblazing SWOYO performances have included Bristol Cathedral, the Colston Hall, and a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast on BBC Music Day. In 2017, SWOYO won a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award in the learning and participation category – the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the UK.

Applications to audition for NOYO are now open, closing on 8th April 2018. Apply below…


Are you aged 11 – 25 with a passion for music?

The National Open Youth Orchestra is now seeking musicians to attend NOYO Training Centres in London, Bristol and Bournemouth for tuition, rehearsals and performances. We’re looking for young disabled people with musical potential on acoustic or electronic instruments, or with abilities on assistive technology/electronic communication aids that could translate to playing music. 

Check out the videos below to hear from our existing musicians.

To Apply:

Should you need any of this information in an alternative format, please email us at info@openupmusic.org.
Applications will close on 8th April 2018.

Our Partners

  • Barbican Guildhall
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Bristol Music Trust


If you would like more information about the National Open Youth Orchestra, please use the contact form below to get in touch.