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Nominate a young musician for NOFA 2019-20!

Published: Wednesday, 30 January 2019

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Nominations for the National Orchestra for All 2019-2020 are officially open!

If you know a dedicated young musician aged 11-18 who would benefit from being part of this unique orchestra visit their website here.

Watch a video about the Open Orchestra here

What is NOFA?

NOFA is a unique, mixed-skill level orchestra made up of 100 musicians aged 11-18 from across the UK. We don't audition our members; instead, they are nominated to the orchestra by music teachers, social workers and charity partners in recognition of their commitment to music in the face of challenging circumstances.  Find out more

Why should you nominate a young person for NOFA? We asked NOFA Ambassador Matthew what he thought!

"Why not?! NOFA has driven me in a direction I thought I’d never explore, inspiring me to pursue orchestral performance and a degree in Music. If the experience doesn’t go as far as impacting their career choices, it will still certainly build their social skills and prove to be an enjoyable journey."


What's happening at NOFA 2019-2020?

NOFA's 2019-2020 season is called My Roots, Our Routes. We'll be exploring music that underpins human migrations and journeys, alongside the music that defines individual contexts, backgrounds and histories. We will be encouraging our young musicians to explore their own musical identity and we are also commissioning two new works!

Who can take part?

We accept nominations for players of any instrument (including non-traditional orchestral instruments such as guitars, pianos, recorders or saxophones). All of our music is specially arranged for players from pre-grade 1 to 8 standard, and young musicians do not need to be strong readers of music to join. Participation is free for the NOFA member and we cover all travel and accommodation costs. The young musician must be aged 11-18 (from 1 September 2019). 

Our aim is to support dedicated young musicians who face some kind of barrier to participating in music, therefore we ask that the young person fulfils certain criteria. 

Keep reading for a full list of criteria

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our programme manager Steven Smith via email ( or call us on 0207 267 4141.