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National Schools Symphony Orchestra

11th – 18th July 2021

Applications are now OPEN!

For more than 25 years, the National Schools Symphony Orchestra has provided intensive, high-quality orchestral experience for young players. 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.

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.

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

Monday 24th August – Friday 28th August NSSO’s three month Digital Celebration will reach its conclusion next week with daily virtual performances on the NSSO YouTube channel, starting at midday on Monday 24 August. Each performance will be part of a short programme featuring guest appearances from a range of eminent musicians, along with a selection of Non-Concert […]

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, […]