Applications for NSSO 2024 are now live!

Academy & Sinfonia: Monday 1st to Sunday 7th April 2024

Philharmonic: Sunday 7th to Saturday 13th July 2024

Apply before 18th December to qualify for our early bird discount!


About NSSO

The National Schools Symphony Orchestra was born in Suffolk in 1994 and gave its first concert at The Maltings Concert Hall in Snape, home of The Aldeburgh Festival, founded in 1948 by Benjamin Britten. Since February 2016 it has been operated by Malvern College and hosted at Malvern’s beautiful campus in rural Worcestershire. Read more.

Our Courses

Our Academy Orchestra is for musicians of approximately grade 3-5 standard, the Sinfonia Orchestra is for approx grades 5-7 and the Philharmonic Orchestra is for grade 7 upwards. Read more.

Auditions for NSSO 2024 are by video submission. Read more.


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.


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If you have an enquiry about any aspect of NSSO please feel free to get in touch:

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

T: 01684 581695


Latest News

A warm welcome to Joe Davies, our new Sinfonia conductor! December 12, 2023

We are delighted that Joe Davies has agreed to join the NSSO family from 2024 and will be conducting the Sinfonia Orchestra. Recently praised for his ‘musical brilliance’ (Seen and Heard International), Joe Davies is Musical Director of the UK Proms in the Park Orchestra, Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra, Leamington Sinfonia, Coventry & Warwickshire Youth Orchestra, […]

Applications now open for 2024! December 12, 2023

We are delighted to be accepting applications for our courses in 2024 and look forward to another exciting year of music making at Malvern College!