Resident Organisation

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

South Wing
Somerset House
020 7759 1880

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) is the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers. Awarding the Queen’s Medal for Music 2012 to NYO, the Committee stated that no youth orchestra in the world achieves such high standards with such young musicians.

Founded in 1948, NYO provides 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. Many of the UK's greatest musicians, past and present, are NYO alumni, including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Alison Balsom.

'The most uplifting orchestra in the world'

The Times
The World's Greatest Orchestra of Teenagers