Welcome to the
National Schools Symphony Orchestra

8th – 15th July 2018

For over 20 years the National Schools Symphony Orchestra has provided intensive, high-quality orchestral experience for young players aged 9-19 years old. 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 a major national venue.

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.

The 2018 Course marks the start of our 25th anniversary year. Apply now to join us at Malvern next July at the start of our celebrations!

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RT @BeaudesertMusic: SPRING CONCERT on Tuesday 6th March, at 7pm! We hope that many of you will be able to come and listen to our talented…

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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 581640 // 01684 581616

Latest News

Early Music Young Composer Award January 30, 2018

The National Centre for Early Music Young Composer Award in associated with BBC Radio 3, and the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble (ECSE) could be yours! This major national award offers bright, young composers the chance to have their composition heard and performed by ECSE at Turner Sims, Southampton, as well as recorded for broadcast by BBC […]

NSSO at 2018 WOWFest October 18, 2017

We are thrilled that NSSO has been invited to give the opening concert of the 2018 WOWFest and will play in Wells Cathedral on Thursday 12 July at 7.30pm As part of the festival we will also host a concert at Malvern by the German string ensemble Violinissimo.

NSSO Taster Day October 14, 2017

Join us for our Taster Day on Monday 18 December at Malvern College – the ideal way to sample the NSSO experience. A whole day of music-making with NSSO tutors and Artistic Director, John Madden, the chance to enjoy the marvellous facilities of Malvern College, and to take part in a short concert at the end of the day. Details […]