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National Orchestra for All (NOFA) now accepting nominations for young musicians for 19/20 season

15th February 2019

Do you know a young person aged 11-18 who would benefit from taking part in this unique national youth orchestra? Now is your chance to nominate them for the 2019-2020 NOFA Season.

NOFA is a free-to-participate, mixed-skill level orchestra comprising 100 musicians aged 11-18 from across the UK. Prospective members are not required to audition, instead they can be nominated by music teachers, social workers and charity partners in recognition of their commitment to music in the face of challenging circumstances.

NOFA accepts nominations for players of any instrument (including non-traditional orchestral instruments such as guitars, pianos, recorders or saxophones). All music is especially arranged for players from pre-grade 1 to grade 8 standard, and young musicians do not need to be strong readers of music to join. Participation is free and all travel and accommodation costs will be covered. 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, which can be found on our website

NOFA’s 2019-2020 season is called My Roots, Our Routes. The orchestra will be exploring music that has been inspired by human migrations and journeys, alongside music that defines individual backgrounds and histories. Throughout the season the young musicians of the orchestra will be encouraged to explore their own musical identity. In addition, NOFA is commissioning two brand-new works from young British composers that the orchestra will give the world première performances of during the season.

The deadline for nominating a young musician is 15 March 2019.

Find out more and nominate here