National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Residential Week

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

NYO is the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers. Founded in 1948 to provide orchestral performance opportunities for the brightest and most committed musicians between the ages of 13 and 19 and with an average age of just 16, no other orchestra in the world has consistently achieved such brilliance in performance with such young musicians.

NYO Inspire

The philosophy behind NYO Inspire is simple.NYO exists to give breakthrough experiences of orchestral music to teenagers of all backgrounds, both as musicians and as audience members. In the past, NYO reached only those 164 musicians who gained a seat in the Orchestra, along with whoever happened to find their way to our concerts. NYO Inspire was born of NYO’s desire to do more. By working together to make the most of NYO’s resources – its skills, its energy, its love of music – NYO hoped that it could radically increase the number of teenagers whose lives are touched by NYO orchestral brilliance. And in 2015 that’s exactly what NYO did.

 "We're absolutely thrilled and excited to welcome the country's finest young musicians to Liverpool. The residency of the National Youth Orchestra adds prestige and lustre to the University's music scene. We wish them every success." Professor Michael Spitzer

National Youth Orchestra Residency at the University of Liverpool 2016

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Inspire project brought over 300 young musicians from 84 different local authorities into The Liverpool Guild of Students at the University of Liverpool to work alongside world-class orchestral tutors.  They performed to over 1,000 members of family, friends and visitors in three sharing events.  But the success of these residencies cannot be measure quantitatively, if you would like to see a glimpse of the quality of musical teaching and learning that took place, and brighten up your Monday, take a moment to view this short video of a vocal workshop