Our Courses

12th – 19th July 2020

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.

Details of each orchestra appear on a separate page and this brief summary might be helpful as you look at what we offer.

NSSO Philharmonic

Secondary school aged children of grade 8 standard and beyond.


NSSO Sinfonia

Secondary school aged children up to grade 8. Minimum grade 6 standard.


NSSO Academy

Primary/prep school aged children (9-13) up to grade 5. Minimum grade 3 standard.


NSSO Chorus

New for 2019 – the chance to sing with NSSO!



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


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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

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