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Applications are open for NYO 2021

Published: Tuesday, 24 November 2020


NYO Inspire is bigger than ever before: submit your application by 30 November 2020 for a year of musical opportunities. APPLY NOW!

Apply for NYO Inspire 2021

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Musical activity looks a little different this year, but NYO's message is the same: if you were hoping to join NYO 2021, or if you are eligible to take part in NYO Inspire, they want to hear from you! 
They are determined to meet as many of you as possible, and create as many opportunities as they can for you to meet each other, share your skills, and create great music together.
They’re doing this by expanding NYO Inspire to make it bigger than ever before, with more musicians and more projects than in previous years.  

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What is NYO Inspire?

NYO Inspire is a programme designed to widen access to orchestral music for those musicians traditionally underrepresented in the sector: musicians in state education, and musicians who are Black, Asian or ethnically diverse. If this sounds like you, and you play at Grade 6 or above then they would like to invite you to fill in an application form. 

Grade 8 Musicians: 

If you play at Grade 8 standard,  apply to be part of our expanded NYO Inspire activity through this same application form: this includes musicians who would have hoped to audition for NYO this year. Opportunities for Grade 8 musicians are open to all teenagers, regardless of where you are educated. In addition there may be opportunities for successful applicants to take part in NYO activity throughout the year. 

If you play at Grade 8 & above and have submitted your NYO Inspire application, you will be asked to submit a video as part of your application. They’ll use these videos to get to know how you play and help assign you to musical activities across the year. To download your instrument-specific information sheet, please visit this page.

What will it cost?  

Some of the activity across the year will have a fee attached, but they have a generous bursary scheme for any musician who needs financial support to take part with specific funds available for NYO Inspire eligible musicians. 

What will the activity be? 

NYO Inspire activity will include a mixture of digital and in-person events and residencies. Some activity will be targeted at those playing at certain grades, and there will be a mixture of orchestral, creative and ensemble projects. 

More dates will be shared as planning progresses but some initial dates we are looking at include: 

January – August    Digital projects 

13– 23 February        Regional projects 

7– 18 April                     NYO and NYO Inspire: Orchestral Residencies (3-5 days) 

29 May – 7 June        NYO Inspire: Ensembles Residencies 

25 July – 8 August   NYO and NYO Inspire: Orchestral residencies (8-14 days) 


The deadline for applications is 30 November 2020.