Norfolk Centre of Young Musicians is a division of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (NCYO) is a full symphony orchestra, playing professional orchestral repertoire and performing around 5 concerts a year, and is made up of young players, aged from 11 to 21.

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra works closely with the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians, part of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Many of our students go on to study music at national conservatoires, and NCYM/Guildhall run many programmes/workshops for under 18’s, including transition to conservatoire and university. Over half of NCYO students also attend NCYM and have access to this support. All musicians from Norfolk schools and colleges are welcome.

NCYO offers a unique opportunity for you to enjoy performing music of the highest quality. NCYO players love their time with us, but also acquire important life skills: team-building, leadership, time management and self confidence.

Senior NCYO players are also invited to play in the ‘Triorca’ international youth orchestra which is made up of players from Britain, Germany and Serbia under the baton of Nicholas Daniel (awarded the Queens Medal for Music 2012).

Triorca is expected to visit Novi Sad to perform as part of the official programme celebrating the city’s status as European Capital of Culture 2021

We anticipate players to be Grade 6 standard and above. You do not need to have taken the exam; we will give you an audition on your teacher’s recommendation.

When do NCYO meet?

NCYO students must commit to attend residential courses, and planned rehearsals.

Planned rehearsal and course dates for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
(ALL subject to COVID 19 restrictions)


7.30pm Thursday 1 April 2021

4.00pm Sunday 18 July 2021

How much does it cost?

Membership includes the cost of residential courses, all rehearsals and concerts.

2020/21 Fees

Autumn Term – £25.00 per member

Spring/Summer Term
– Individual £250.00
– Family (2 members) £400.00
– Family (3 members) £600.00

It is important that no talented player is excluded because of financial circumstances. Means tested bursaries are available and we also have a limited number of scholarship places. All players are entitled to pay membership fees in instalments. Further details will be sent to you on application.

How do I apply?

To apply for a place in the orchestra please complete the online application form below.

How do I audition?

NCYO staff are committed to the wellbeing of all involved in our community, and we are working hard to plan a safe return to music making as soon as possible based on the official guidance. Until then places in the orchestra will be awarded on application and teacher recommendation.
Once things are more settled we will reintroduce our summer auditions for a place in the orchestra and players will need to play a piece of their own choice (approx. 3-4 mins long) and will be given an orchestral excerpt.

Remember auditions are an opportunity for you play to us and tell us about your musical interests. We are looking for potential, commitment and enthusiasm – it is all very informal so please don’t worry

Friends of NCYO

The orchestra is funded both by membership fees and by fundraising by the Friends of Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (registered charity 1123478). The Friends also provide support for players via bursaries and scholarships.

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