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National Schools Symphony Orchestra

12th – 19th July 2020

Applications are OPEN!

For more than 25 years, the National Schools Symphony Orchestra has provided intensive, high-quality orchestral experience for young players aged 9-19. Each course provides a stimulating and rewarding mix of individual coaching by expert tutors, playing in small ensembles, sectional and full rehearsals, and a final concert.

The annual courses of the National Schools Symphony Orchestra are held at Malvern College, where the outstanding facilities, along with its beautiful surroundings in the heart of Elgar country, have added greatly to the enjoyment of all course members – children and staff alike.

 

We’ve been shortlisted for Best Classical Music Education Initiative!

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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.

Please vote for us! 

Patrick Doyle, says: “It is an honour to be the patron of the National Schools Symphony Orchestra. The organisation has worked tirelessly to promote young people in the world of classical music, with excellent results over the last 25 years. The nomination for Best Classical Music Education Initiative in Music Teacher magazine’s annual Awards for Excellence is richly deserved and my congratulations go to all those involved: tutors, administrators and pupils. All the best for the future.”

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Latest News

The Sheku Effect January 21, 2020

NATIONAL SCHOOLS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC REPORT UPLIFT IN CELLO STUDIES DESPITE CUTS TO MUSIC EDUCATION PROVISION COUNTRYWIDE. Artistic Director of the NSSO, John Madden, said: “This year, with applications [for the orchestra] up by almost a third on our 25th anniversary last year, the number of cellists […]

Best Classical Music Education Initiative Nomination November 26, 2019

We are delighted to announce that the National Schools Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) has been shortlisted for the Best Classical Music Education Initiative in Music Teacher magazine’s annual Awards for Excellence.   This award honours an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and has had a positive impact on […]

#NSSOturns25 July 19, 2019

A week of bringing together more than 200 players and singers to celebrate the National Schools Symphony Orchestra’s 25th year! See all the highlights from the week by following us on Twitter: @NSSO_UK