Welcome to the
National Schools Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating 25 years of music making

14th – 21st July 2019

For the past 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 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

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.

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Calling all young string players Grade 7+! There's still time to join our exciting 25th anniversary season. For mo… https://t.co/v4ePLpOJ4X

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RT @youthESO: Come on CELLISTS - we need you! Be part of our exciting project - rehearsal on Thurs 18th April & concert on Fri 31st May as…

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RT @NickyBenedetti: This week we're recapping vibrato and how to apply exercises to repertoire. With all exercises, in the end, use your ea…

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RT @NickyBenedetti: After the most uplifting and enriching 10 days working with over 1000 young people and 100 teachers it’s time for a rec…

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RT @youthESO: Beginners Orchestra Course - 21/22 Feb, 10am-4pm each day. @DownsMalvern Suitable for pre-grade 1 to 3. No auditions. More in…

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NSSO, Malvern College, College Road, Malvern, WR14 3DF

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Latest News

NSSO harpists invited to join the Claire Jones Concert Ensemble March 26, 2019

NSSO harpists, Bethan Cole and Katie Williams have been personally invited to join the Claire Jones Concert Ensemble. The internationally renowned and former Royal Harpist, Claire Jones along with her husband Chris started the Claire Jones Harp School in Cardigan, and more recently formed the Claire Jones Concert Ensemble. Bethan and Katie joined a group […]

NSSO Sinfonia will join with exciting singer-songwriter Emi McDade February 7, 2019

On 21st July 2019 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, NSSO Sinfonia will join with the exciting young singer-songwriter Emi McDade to perform Never Forget, written by NSSO Patron Patrick Doyle, who wrote scores for Harry Potter, Thor and Disney’s Brave. The song provides the haunting closing moments of Kenneth Branaugh’s film of Murder on the Orient Express and was originally […]

Steve Bingham joins the NSSO team September 27, 2018

We’re delighted to announce Steve Bingham is joining us as Conductor and Head of Strings for Young NSSO. Steve has worked with a variety of youth orchestras and is currently principal conductor for Ely Sinfonia, Ad Hoc Sinfonia and the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra. Welcome, Steve!