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2021 Applications are open

We look forward to welcoming you to Malvern in 2021, and an exciting return to live music-making.  Our thanks and congratulations to all who took part in our hugely successful Digital Celebration in 2020, which was great fun, but no substitute for the amazing experience of being together with other like-minded young people and making music live in the superb facilities of Malvern College.

NSSO Academy and NSSO Sinfonia – Thursday 8th July to Sunday 11th July 2021
NSSO Big Band – Sunday 11th July – Sunday 18th July 2021
NSSO Conducting Course – Sunday 11th July – Sunday 18th July 2021
NSSO Philharmonic – Thursday 15 July to Sunday 18 July 2021

NSSO 2021 will look a little different to previous years – shorter courses, fewer people on site – but, along with our Covid procedures, we are confident we can ensure the safety of our members, staff and their families. Joyfully optimistic that we will all meet again in the summer, we are very much looking forward to welcoming new and returning musicians.

PROJECT SUNRISE

In late March 2020, when lockdown overtook the country, many arts and educational organisations, in the UK and beyond, postponed or cancelled most, or indeed all, of their events and activities. At NSSO we resolutely embraced change rather than postponement or cancellation and launched Project Sunrise with our partners GoodMusic Publishing and PartPlay. Midway through the audition cycle and ensembles not yet complete, our members still submitted almost 200 media files to create a virtual performance of the opening of Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss.

Watch NSSO’s Digital Celebration

As lockdown continued it was clear that the 2020 course could no longer be the annual meeting of more than 200 young musicians for a week at Malvern College. So, following the huge success of Project Sunrise, we launched a three-month long Digital Celebration of our combined musical talent.

We provided members with the opportunity and materials to take part in more virtual performances (supported by our tutors), chamber music, multi-piano ensembles and singing projects, as well as a prize competition each month.  There was also support and encouragement from Nicola Benedetti, Vasily Petrenko and Sir Mark Elder.

The resulting five short films can now be viewed over on the Digital Celebration page.  They offer an insight into the warm, inclusive spirit of NSSO, and all that we value about our engagement with young people – ensuring that everybody can contribute effectively and happily to successful music-making at their own level of ability and experience.

 

Shortlisted for Best Classical Music Education Initiative 2020

NSSO M&Drama Award Nomination logo
This Music and Drama Education Excellence award, sponsored by Classic FM, honours an educational project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and has had a positive impact on a significant number of participants.

 

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Latest News

Watch the Digital Celebration August 20, 2020

A Set of Virtual Performances 24th – 28th August 2020 NSSO 2020 saw a change to our usual performance due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This included a three-month ‘Digital Celebration’ of our combined musical talent. Each performance formed part of a short programme featuring guest appearances from a range of eminent musicians, along with […]

PROJECT SUNRISE AND THE FUTURE May 3, 2020

Thanks, and congratulations to the members of NSSO who submitted almost 200 audio and video files to Project Sunrise. Their virtual performance of the opening of Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss. Thanks, also to our partners who helped realise the project: Steve Bingham at PartPlay who created the final mix and GoodMusic Publishing who […]

Project Sunrise shines a little light April 8, 2020

For more than 25 years, the National Schools Symphony Orchestra has provided an intensive high-quality orchestral experience for young players aged 9-19. This year, in the face of extraordinary circumstances, we are expanding our activities online to offer all our members the chance to take part in a new experience. With help from our partners PartPlay and Goodmusic, […]