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399 musicians take part in National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s NYO Inspire Ensembles

15th February 2019

Teenage musicians nationwide will be taking part in National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s NYO Inspire Ensembles this February half term hosted in partnership with Resonate, Liverpool’s Music Education Hub, at Notre Dame Catholic College.

NYO Inspire is a free game changing inclusion and access programme targeted to grade 6 – 8+ targeting musicians who are underrepresented in NYO and the professional orchestra sector from state education and those from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. The programme has already unlocked potential in 53 musicians who have gained places in the 164-piece NYO 2019 who wouldn’t have believed they could achieve that standard without it.

In February half term NYO Inspire Ensembles will reach:

  • 399 teenage musicians
  • Musicians underrepresented in the sector: all the NYO Inspire musicians are from state education and/or BAME backgrounds
    • 95% of the musicians are state educated
    • 25% of the musicians are from BAME background
    • Represent every single region, and a third of all local authorities across the whole of the UK

Being around other young musicians who share my goals has given me the opportunity to learn new ideas, improve myself and the motivation to achieve my dreams.

Jess, NYO Inspire Musician

NYO Inspire Musicians will be joined alongside 399 teenage musicians from across the UK ranging from those musicians in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain to those put onto the programme through NYO’s 123 Partner organisations. NYO Inspire Ensembles will be overseen by 30 NYO tutors, with the ensembles playing a total of 23 pieces of ensemble music, and all taking part in creative music making across the week.

Applications for National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain will open on 15 April 2019 and further NYO Inspire events take place across the UK throughout the year. Further details on

You can experience the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in concert in 2019 at major concert halls across the country, including in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Stoke on Trent and Saffron Walden, and tickets are just £5 for under-25s. Further details on