The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain is an orchestra for teenage musicians from all walks of life, united by their shared love of classical music. For almost 70 years it has recruited the very best young orchestral musicians in Great Britain and formed them into an orchestra that performs some of the most challenging and complex repertoires in classical music.

The experience gives them the opportunity to achieve their potential at the highest level, while also developing leadership, teamwork and communication skills for life.

The Orchestra’s NYO Inspire programme targets talented young musicians who have not had the opportunity to experience and participate in orchestral music‐making, and helps them to develop their skills by working with the National Youth Orchestra’s teenage musicians.

All will carry the experience with them for a lifetime and a few will even go on to musical greatness: NYO alumni include Sir Simon Rattle, (NYO percussionist, now Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic); Judith Weir, (NYO oboist, now composer), and Sir Mark Elder, (NYO bassoonist, now the Music Director of the Hallé).

Awarding the Queen’s Medal for Music to NYO in 2012, the late Peter Maxwell Davies noted: “When you conduct any orchestra, its quality is always enhanced by a core of former NYO members and their positive influence, not only in Britain but throughout the world.”