The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain is made up of more than 160 musicians aged between 13 and 19. As a Classic FM partner orchestra, they are known as Classic FM's Orchestra of Teenagers.
The members of the NYO come from all over the UK, and from very different backgrounds - but they're bound together by their love for classical music, their desire to be challenged, and their enthusiasm for inspiring others. And, of course, by all being teenagers.
The National Youth Orchestra's three residential courses per year provide members with the highest standard of instrumental coaching and also a fantastic social experience.
Each course is directed by a distinguished conductor. These have included Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Jiri Belohlavek, Pierre Boulez, Sir Adrian Boult, Semyon Bychkov, Paul Daniel, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Ivan Fisher and Antonio Pappano.
The NYO regularly perform all over the UK, with venues for their concerts including London's Barbican Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, The Sage Gateshead and Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall.
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The NYO has produced generations of great British musicians, including Sir Simon Rattle, Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Guy Johnston and Alison Balsom.