Our Courses

NSSO courses begin on Saturday 23rd July 2022

Please bear with us while we finalise the details for our 2022 courses. Our website will be updated in due course. 

The course is divided into three orchestras that are broadly distinguished by age and playing ability, with some overlap across the three, and we offer successful applicants a place in the ensemble where we feel they will be best equipped to take part effectively, successfully and happily.

Standards indicated are for guidance only – you do not need to have taken the particular examinations.

NSSO Philharmonic

Secondary school aged children of grade 8 standard and beyond.

Dates TBC

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NSSO Sinfonia

Secondary school aged children of grade 6-8 standard.

Dates TBC

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NSSO Academy

Primary/prep school aged children of grade 2-5 standard.

Dates TBC

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NSSO Conducting Course

A unique week of specialised study for school-aged conductors.

Dates TBC

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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 581695

E: hello@nsso.org

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Derailed by Delta June 22, 2021

Sadly, the NSSO 2021 courses have had to be cancelled.   Despite working within Malvern College protocols, and the operational plan made to deliver the 2021 courses safely, the advent of the Delta variant of Covid-19 cast a long shadow; it is significantly more transmissible than previous variants and increased infection rates are largely amongst […]

A warm welcome from Leandro Silvera for NSSO Sinfonia members 2021 June 11, 2021

Dear NSSO Sinfonia 2021. I’m absolutely delighted that we will finally be able to meet in person this summer at Malvern College. It will be an amazing course! We have all missed playing together in orchestras (one thing that Zoom can never offer us!) so it will be a pleasure to see you all again […]

A warm welcome from Richard Dickins for NSSO Philharmonic members 2021 June 11, 2021

Hello NSSO Philharmonic members 2021. I’m thrilled that this year we can, after all, meet in person to make music at Malvern College. It will be a pleasure to see again those of you who have been on the course in previous years, and it will also be a great pleasure meeting the many new […]