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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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Latest News

Leader of NSSO Main Orchestra announced June 7, 2019

We’re delighted to announce, Daniel Garvin has been appointed leader of the NSSO Main Orchestra, following the annual competition for the Leader’s Scholarship, which offers a free place to the winner. He first joined Young NSSO in 2012 and, like all successful applicants, enjoys a guaranteed place in the organisation until he is 19. If you’d […]

Concert tickets on sale! May 9, 2019

Tickets for our 25th Anniversary Concert at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham are now on sale! All three of our orchestras and the NSSO Chorus will perform at one of the world’s best concert halls on Sunday 21st July 2019. For timings and ticket sales please click here.

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 […]