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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RT @stephmunceydyer: My time @NSSO_UK 2019 already been and gone! Fervour, focus and fun-packed few days' coaching @MalColMusic @malverncol…

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Early start for Young NSSO in Rogers Theatre this morning. They’re really coming along and sounding great!… https://t.co/czr3dj65To

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NSSO Sinfonia in full rehearsal this evening. #NSSOturns25 https://t.co/3JLFofKyoM

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Whilst Young NSSO and Main Orchestra were in sectional rehearsals, Sinfonia joined the Chorus for a short time. The… https://t.co/8jhuUdOzmf

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RT @SevernArts: Are you an accomplished violinist? We are auditioning for the positions of Leader and Associate Leader of WYO on the evenin…

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A very productive strings rehearsal for Sinfonia this afternoon. 👏🏼#NSSOturns25 https://t.co/iNtuXiHtvd

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Main Orchestra’s first full rehearsal this morning after sectionals. #NSSOturns25 https://t.co/tF2F8YgqeG

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Starting our #NSSOturns25 celebrations with a good luck message from the wonderful @NickyBenedetti. https://t.co/bUcb5qjhPJ

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RT @ClassicFM: It's More Mozart Monday! https://t.co/wNXmJFfP6y

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RT @NucleoProject: 10 Nucleo kids just arrived here at @malverncollege for a week with @NSSO_UK! Very exciting - we can’t wait for the conc…

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First rehearsals well underway! #NSSOturns25 https://t.co/CKGiet7fl7

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN! It’s wonderful to see so many new and returning players here for our 25th season! #NSSOturns25 https://t.co/fXIessdecJ

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Don't miss NSSO perform Verdi's Requiem @THSHBirmingham on Sunday 21st July at 4pm. For tickets and more informati… https://t.co/EYe0z8BAiM

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RT @hackneymusic: Still time to apply for @girlsrocklondon Camp Summer 2019, July 29 - Aug 3! The six-day intensive programme for girls and…

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As our pedal is to the metal getting ready for our young instrumentalists to arrive this Sunday, why not check out… https://t.co/ACcOixZrB3

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RT @TheCBSO: Today would have been Mahler's 159th Birthday! What better way to celebrate than booking to see his 4th Symphony conducted by…

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RT @NYO_GB: 😱 we would never turn our backs on Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy'! In fact, we’re performing it next year with 400 musicians @south…

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Don't miss our spectacular 25th Anniversary Concert @THSHBirmingham Birmingham on Sunday 21st July. Tickets can be… https://t.co/6kX8YeGLvA

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RT @TheCBSO: We had a fantastic day at our first ever #SongFestival at @uobgreenheart earlier this month - here are some highlights! 🎶 http…

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Discover how we nurture and develop our youngest instrumentalists: https://t.co/WzG1sVg8LM

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RT @TheCBSO: Great news from @THSHBirmingham this morning - £4.5 million has been awarded by @ace_national to help transform Symphony Hall'…

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RT @STVNews: Nicola Benedetti has said cuts to music education in Scotland are 'worrying'. https://t.co/vtcbDemKZC https://t.co/xKrFzOltFn

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We're delighted to announce Daniel Garvin has been appointed Leader of the NSSO Main Orchestra! He first joined Yo… https://t.co/r7R5Ohpx0J

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Don't miss your chance to become a Youth Ambassador for @TheCBSO! A fantastic opportunity for our young musicians. https://t.co/cfym07LI17

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Last call for Strings! We're seeking talented young players (Grade 7+) to join our very exciting 25th anniversary s… https://t.co/b7gRhGl0W5

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RT @youthESO: We’ve had an awesome first day at our Intermediate Orchestra course @DownsMalvern @EnglishSymphon Excited for our performance…

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RT @MusicAgencyCom: The @ElgarFestival starts today, and on Saturday we'll be with @EnglishSymphon in Worcester Cathedral for their perform…

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RT @SevernArts: YOUNG MUSICIANS WANTED! Join one of our orchestras or bands to improve your music making skills, to meet likeminded young…

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RT @SevernArts: We are really excited to be showcasing our talented Worcestershire young musicians again this year at the wonderful Univers…

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

T: 01684 581640 // 01684 581616

Latest News

Repertoire 2019 courses July 9, 2019

This year’s repertoire… The Main Orchestra and Chorus will be performing the Verdi Requiem, conducted by Richard Dickins. NSSO Sinfonia will be joined by the talented young singer-songwriter Emi McDade, in Patrick Doyle’s Never Forget and in some of her own songs, conducted by Leandro Silvera. Young NSSO will have a varied programme including music […]

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.