Participation in the National Open Youth Orchestra is free. There is the potential for financial support to be given in respect of travel costs and any other relevant support necessary for rehearsals, residentials and concerts.
The National Open Youth Orchestra is the world’s first disabled-led national youth ensemble. It was launched in September 2018 to provide a progression route for the UK’s most talented disabled young musicians, as Members of a pioneering inclusive youth orchestra where young disabled and non-disabled musicians play and perform together.
NOYO collaborates with cutting-edge composers to create exciting new music for a diverse range of musicians and instruments. When in 2018 Liam Taylor-West won a British Composer Award for “The Umbrella”, Open Up Music’s first commission, he talked of a creative process involving the young musicians. This is still central to NOYO’s approach to music-making.
'One of the most rewarding aspects of NOYO is feeling like an active participant in the music we play'. Jamie Moody, NOYO saxophonist
There are currently 28 National Open Youth Orchestra Members. Every year, the National Open Youth Orchestra also takes on Trainees, young disabled musicians who it supports for up to three years to develop the musical skills and confidence needed to become NOYO Members.
The National Open Youth Orchestra is currently delivered through four regional NOYO Centres: London NOYO Centre, in partnership with Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Bournemouth NOYO Centre, in partnership with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bristol NOYO Centre, in partnership with Bristol Beacon, and Birmingham NOYO Centre, in partnership with Midlands Arts Centre, Services For Education and B:Music.
The National Open Youth Orchestra is a programme by Open Up Music (Registered Charity No1167028). Open Up Music is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The National Open Youth Orchestra is also generously supported by founding sponsor ABRSM, and trusts including Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Boshier-Hinton Foundation, The Steel Charitable Trust, The Radcliffe Trust, The Starfish Trust, Borrows Charitable Trust and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.