Our Courses

8th – 15th July 2018

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

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


Secondary school aged children of ABRSM grade 8 standard and beyond.


NSSO Sinfonia

Secondary school aged children of ABRSM grade 6-7 standard.


Young NSSO

Primary/prep school aged children (9-13) of ABRSM grade 3-5 standard



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


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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 […]