Welcome to the
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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought disruption and dismay in its wake, along with a degree of anxiety and uncertainty that the UK has not known in a generation or more. Arts organisations across the world have been impacted by the pandemic and NSSO is no exception. We follow guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England closely in order to support and protect the safety of all NSSO members, their families and our team based at Malvern.  
We continue to work purposefully towards the 2020 course, ensuring that the opportunities we offer are available to the greatest number of young musicians and seeking to employ the very best conductors, tutors and pastoral staff. Travelling restrictions mean that auditions are currently being conducted online; staff are now working from home but you can always contact us on [email protected].
As the situation evolves it may become necessary to postpone the 2020 course, but we will keep all our members and their parents fully informed by email and anticipate a final review of the position by the end of April.
Meantime we have exciting plans for the 2021 course and a new range of activities which will help bridge the gap between annual courses.  NSSO is in good heart and we look forward to sharing our plans with you after what would have been the Easter holiday.
Keep safe, keep in touch and continue to make music!

John Madden 

Artistic Director NSSO 

Shortlisted for Best Classical Music Education Initiative 2020!

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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.

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

Music & Drama Education Expo London 2020 February 26, 2020

Next week (4-5 March 2020), we’ll be heading to the eighth Music & Drama Education Expo in London. It’s one of the largest exhibitions and conferences for music and drama education, with more than 150 exhibitors and a comprehensive programme of workshops, seminars, debates and interviews across the two days. The event is free to […]

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 […]