Nurturing Norfolk Musical Talent since 1959

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (NCYO) is a full symphony orchestra, playing professional orchestral repertoire and performing around 5 concerts a year, and is made up of young players, aged from 11 to 21. All musicians from Norfolk schools and colleges are welcome.

NCYO offers a unique opportunity for you to enjoy performing music of the highest quality. NCYO players love their time with us, but also acquire important life skills: team-building, leadership, time management and self confidence.

Over half of NCYO players also attend the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians, part of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Many NCYO  students subsequently go on to study music at national conservatoires.

Senior NCYO players are also invited to play in the ‘Triorca’ international youth orchestra which is made up of players from Britain, Germany and Serbia under the baton of Nicholas Daniel (awarded the Queens Medal for Music 2012).

Triorca is expected to visit Novi Sad to perform as part of the official programme celebrating the city’s status as European Capital of Culture 2021

NCYO students must commit to attend residential courses, and a majority of the planned rehearsals.
Membership includes the cost of BOTH residential courses, all rehearsals and concerts.

We anticipate players to be Grade 6 standard and above. You do not need to have taken the exam; we will give you an audition on your teacher’s recommendation.

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra dates back to 1959 and was re-established from 2006 to enhance the breadth and quality of musical opportunities for young people in Norfolk.

Due to the continuing uncertainty around COVID 19 we have reluctantly made the decision to cancel rehearsals and concerts this term. 

The steering group of NCYO has been working on the new governance for the orchestra, and have made real progress to secure an exciting and long term stable future for the orchestra with Guildhall.  Of course this takes time, and there are still some details that need to be finalised before we can engage in contracts with parents, tutors and venues. 

We will be running a course in the spring term and will keep everyone updated on developments.

Concerts (tbc)
7.30pm THURSDAY 1st APRIL 2021

4.00pm SUNDAY 18TH JULY 2021

Venues tbc

Residential courses (tbc)
Monday 29th March 2021 – Thursday 1st April 2021

To apply for a place in the orchestra or for more information, please email:

It is important that no talented player is excluded because of financial circumstances. Means tested bursaries are available and we also have a limited number of scholarship places. 

All players are entitled to pay membership fees in instalments. Further details will be sent to you on application.

There will be no auditions in 2020 because of Covid-19. When things get back to normal –
Players will need to play a piece of their own choice (approx. 3-4 mins long) and will be given an orchestral excerpt at the audition.

Remember auditions are an opportunity for you play to us and tell us about your musical interests. We are looking for potential, commitment and enthusiasm – it is all very informal so please don’t worry!

The orchestra is funded both by membership fees and by fundraising by the Friends of Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (registered charity 1123478). The Friends also provide support for players via bursaries and scholarships.

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