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If you're a young musician you may be interested to find out more about the Junior departments, Centres for Advanced Training and other youth ensembles that operate at national level. Also linked here are some other organisations with whom the NYO has much valued associations.

Junior departments

Royal College of Music Junior Department
Royal Academy of Music – Junior Academy
Trinity Laban – Junior Trinity
Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Junior Guildhall
Royal Northern College of Music – Junior RNCM
Birmingham Conservatoire – Junior Conservatoire
Leeds College of Music – Saturday School
Royal Scottish Conservatoire – Junior Academy
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – Junior Music

Centres for Advanced Training

Aldeburgh Young Musicians
Yorkshire Young Musicians
South West Music School
Centre for Young Musicians

Youth ensembles at national level

National Children’s Orchestra
Pro Corda
National Youth Choirs
National Youth Music Theatre
National Youth Brass Band
National Youth Jazz Collective
National Youth Orchestras of Scotland
National Youth Choirs of Scotland
National Youth Orchestra of Wales
National Youth Orchestra of Ireland
Ulster Youth Orchestra
National Schools Symphony Orchestra

Partner venues

The Sage Gateshead – our partners in the North East where each Spring we meet more young people and invite them to be part of our adventures. This is also one of the government-backed Centres for Advanced Training and they offer loads of fantastic musical opportunities for young people at all levels.

Southbank Centre – the NYO is pleased to be National Youth Partner to the dynamic London venue, playing a leading role in its festivals and meeting its resident artists and young musicians

Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham – the NYO now spends each summer in Birmingham, presenting a family-orientated summer prom at Symphony Hall and working with the venue to meet and inspire more young people from the West Midlands

Regional bases

Durham University – partnership with Durham University gives us a base each Spring for our adventures in the North East

Birmingham University – partnership with Birmingham University gives us a base each Summer for our adventures in the West Midlands

Treasured supporters

Youth Music – the NYO is one of nine National Youth Music Organisations generously supported by Youth Music

Musicians Benevolent Fund – longterm and valued supporters of the NYO, the Fund provides valued support for musicians nationwide

‘The Musicians Benevolent Fund is a unique charity which provides essential help to musicians of all ages. We support music professionals throughout their working lives when a crisis such as an accident or illness can have a devastating impact, and in later life, with the challenges that growing older can bring. We support talented, financially needy young musicians to enable them to fully develop their creativity and musical potential, ensuring they enter the profession with the best prospects of success. We are also working in partnership with a number of organisations across the UK who provide outstanding opportunities for musicians. We rely on donations and the generosity of music lovers and musicians to enable our vital work to continue.’

PRS for Music Foundation – the NYO is grateful for the support of this organisation which funds a huge range of new music activity

For a full list of NYO’s supporters, click here.

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The National Youth Orchestra is a registered charity no 290598 and a company registered in England no 1858278. VAT reg no 218 6738 40.

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