Meet the orchestra


Group photo of NOYO orchestra smiling with their instruments
National Open Youth Orchestra musicians play a wide variety of instruments. They also have very different musical tastes from folk to heavy metal, but really enjoy coming together for the National Open Youth Orchestra. In between working hard on their music, there’s banter and jamming at group rehearsals. That’s because NOYO musicians are a friendly bunch, and great fun to be around!

Lizzie (violin) and alumni Abbie (harp), Ella (Clarion), and Jaidon (guitar and bass), share their journey with NOYO, as well as their experience of auditioning here.

Musicians gallery

Watch and hear

‘What Fear We Then?’ by Alexander Campkin – co-commissioned with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 

We had a very short period of time before the pandemic hit, where musicians got to workshop Alexander’s initial ideas for the piece in rehearsal.

“It’s been amazing playing a piece that has only been composed in the past few years and having a living composer who could talk to us about his feelings behind the piece and not only give feedback, but also listen to our suggestions. One of the most rewarding aspects of NOYO is feeling like an active participant in the music that we play.” Jamie, NOYO saxophonist.

This is our very first music video. You can read more about the meaning of the title and how the video was created on our blog post – 26 NOYO members were recorded playing live. We hope you like it!

If you prefer, watch the BSL interpreted version.

Members of the National Open Youth Orchestra perform ‘What Fear We Then?’ by Alexander Campkin

Meet three NOYO musicians

Who makes up the National Open Youth Orchestra? Saxophonist Jamie, harpist Holli and LinnStrument player Sally shared their story with NOYO with award-winning film director Justin Edgar of 104 films.

Behind the music: meet three members of the National Open Youth Orchestra.


360-degree videos of NOYO rehearsals

We hope these give you a sense of what it’s like being in rehearsal with us.

You can explore the videos in all directions with a few simple moves. On a desktop, you can click and drag with a mouse or click the arrows in the top left-hand corner of the screen. On a mobile device, you can drag your finger across the screen or move it around in different directions.

We were delighted to have the visit of BSO Resound conductor James Rose in London.

Some of our London musicians working on ‘Day One’ by Liam Taylor-West, a modular composition commissioned by NOYO. Leading the session are Beatrice Hubble and Julia Koelmans. NOYO Musicians from left to right: Oscar, Leo, Jaidon, Oliver (hidden), Georgina, Abbie.


The National Open Youth Orchestra is delivered through regional NOYO Centres:

London NOYO Centre, in partnership with Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama;

Bristol NOYO Centre, in partnership with Bristol Beacon;

Bournemouth NOYO Centre, in partnership with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra;

Birmingham NOYO Centre, in partnership with Midlands Arts Centre, B:Music and Services For Education.

Cardiff NOYO centre, in partnership with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

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