Welcome to the
National Schools Symphony Orchestra

12th – 19th July 2020

Applications are OPEN!

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.

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 @TheCBSO: Less than a week left to apply for our @CBSOChorus Manager position! Are you (or do you know) our ideal applicant? https://t.c…

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Congratulations Maddie! What a fantastic accomplishment for this young, talented NSSO player. It really is a wonder… https://t.co/YdShaHny95

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Have you ever heard Verdi's Requiem rapped...?! #teachingmethods @Steve_Bingham #musicmaking #NSSOturns25… https://t.co/9C4ZHXDYQ8

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RT @philharmonia: “Just be there and Bruckner takes care of you.” Ahead of our performance at @bbcproms on Saturday, Principal Conductor @…

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RT @youthESO: Viola players (aged 19 and under) needed for Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony - 21 to 23 Aug @BromsSchool Interested? E-mail us for…

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RT @stephmunceydyer: Last Sunday... Very high standard and enjoyable concert overall, but an exceptional performance of #Verdi #Requiem by…

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#ThrowbackThursday to when our wonderful Artistic Director, John Madden observed the final rehearsal before the 25t… https://t.co/E7yOVLeSsj

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RT @DrJoUK1: Show stopping indeed. Thank you @NSSO_UK team for bringing out the best in the young musicians during the course and in the c…

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RT @Craftyviola: @NSSO_UK It certainly was! Bravo to all the young musicians for not only working so hard all week, as well as of course th…

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RT @ESTAStrings: Our illustrious editor Steve Bingham is doing a concert he wanted to share! Saturday, 31 Aug, 7.30pm Civitas Ensemble. htt…

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RT @molly_tollit: @NSSO_UK What a wonderful, memorable concert! Well done to all the performers and the dedicated staff who took such good…

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What a show stopping performance from all three orchestras and the chorus!! #NSSOturns25 https://t.co/iiXTPnUewO

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RT @MisterGravel: Gosh @THSHBirmingham is a great place to sing! So amazing being here with so many young musicians from @NSSO_UK and their…

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RT @MisterGravel: Thrilled to be joining the NSSO for their 25th Anniversary performance of Verdi’s Requiem at @THSHBirmingham this afterno…

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A little over 24 hours to go until all three orchestras and the chorus take to the stage. Here’s a peak at what’s t… https://t.co/YDNhpQ3rZu

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A week of bringing together more than 200 players and singers to celebrate the National Schools Symphony Orchestra’… https://t.co/8kn3CqnTw5

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A different rehearsal space this morning for NSSO Main Orchestra. Two days until they perform in the Symphony Hall,… https://t.co/EhOa2qBULF

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Our young conductors being lead through a Tai Chi warm by Bjorn Bantock before banton drills. #NSSOturns25 https://t.co/pyuBUIy68Q

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Some of our players have been exploring Edward Elgar's stomping ground this afternoon. They even made it to the top… https://t.co/5qd8NqZCDE

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There's a real excitement and buzz building as the orchestra draws closer to Sunday's concert. NSSO will be perform… https://t.co/YrvmgOm83a

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Sinfonia ready and raring for their second rehearsal of the day. #hardworkpaysoff #musicmaking #NSSOturns25 https://t.co/kf0TJjk9WI

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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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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

#NSSOturns25 July 19, 2019

A week of bringing together more than 200 players and singers to celebrate the National Schools Symphony Orchestra’s 25th year! See all the highlights from the week by following us on Twitter: @NSSO_UK

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 […]