A brief introduction to the NSSO

For more than 20 years the National Schools Symphony Orchestra has provided intensive, high quality orchestral experience for young players aged 9-19 years old. The annual 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 essence of the week is the hallmark balance of concentrated music making and a vibrant social regime masterminded by our hugely experienced and committed pastoral team.

A spectacular location

Malvern College, the home of NSSO, is a spectacular location, which is easily accessed by rail and road. Accommodation is comfortable, with fantastic onsite catering able to meet all dietary requirements. The sports and leisure facilities, of which we enjoy the use of, are second to none, in addition to the excellent rehearsal facilities in the Music School.

The orchestra has been meeting at Malvern College for a number of years and in 2016 the school took over the management and ownership of NSSO. This has assured the future and guaranteed the continued quality of experience, both musically and socially, for all participants.

The NSSO Malvern College Scholarship offers 50% fee remission to the leader of each orchestra. If applicants which to apply for the scholarship, they are asked to indicate this on their application form.

The Concerts

We are delighted that all three orchestras will be performing once again at Malvern Theatres in July 2018. The Forum theatre has wonderful sight lines and a good acoustic, providing a marvellous venue for our closing celebration of a week’s hard work, at the end of another successful course.

Nestling at the foot of the Malvern Hills, the venue is a major centre for the arts in the West Midlands and is a short walk from Malvern College. Home of the famous Malvern Festivals, founded by Bernard Shaw and Barry Jackson in 1929, the theatre underwent a lottery-funded refurbishment in 1997. Hailed both locally and nationally as a model of artistic and architectural excellence, Malvern Theatres boasts one of the most diverse selection of plays, music, comedy, dance, film and education work to be found under a single roof anywhere in the country.

Malvern Theatres
Grange Road
WR14 3HB

Box Office 01684 892277

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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

NSSO Rehearsal July 11, 2018

A short snippet from yesterday’s rehearsal in St Edmunds Hall with Richard Dickens…enjoy! Watch more of all three of orchestras over on the National Schools Symphony Orchestra YouTube channel.

QUICK! Don’t miss funding for NSSO 2019 June 7, 2018

The FUTURE TALENT fund is open for 2018/19 applications for its Young Musicians Development Programme. The deadline for completed applications is at 12pm on Monday 11 June 2018! Future Talent’s Young Musicians Development Programme offers financial support and development opportunities to young musicians; instrumentalists and singers from ANY genre of music, based anywhere in the […]

Congratulations Will! June 6, 2018

Congratulations to Will Gold, who has played first bassoon in NSSO Main Orchestra for many years, and has been offered a place to study bassoon at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland next year. He was made the on-the-spot offer at his audition in Glasgow at his audition after playing Telemann’s Sonata in F Minor and […]