Norfolk County Youth Orchestra

NCYO  was founded in 1959 to provide gifted young musicians in Norfolk the opportunity to develop their skills and gain performing experience.

It meets to put on training courses twice a year where young players work with professional tutors – culminating in a public concert performance.

The Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (NCYO) comprises around 85 instrumentalists who perform a varied repertoire from the 18th to 21st centuries. It also offers the chance to develop life and career skills, including developing confidence and social skills, self-discipline, time-management, and general wellbeing.

Young people who want to study music find the courses invaluable. Some go on to become professional musicians and all benefit from the life-skills they gain by being part of the orchestra.

An increasing number of our players become professional musicians. A few become soloists and recitalists and others join leading orchestras. Many more work as instrumental teachers in universities, colleges, and schools or take up other careers outside the music industry. Indeed, research shows that orchestral playing has enormous benefits that extend far beyond the subject itself.

Becoming part of the NCYO gives participants access to courses run by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Applications are open to string, woodwind, brass and percussion players up to the age of 18. Players should be of approximately Grade 6 standard and apply for each course.

The Friends of Norfolk County Youth Orchestra is an independent charity which provides financial support through Bursaries to support young musician who want to attend an NCYO course.