Our Courses

2019 applications open 31st July!

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

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 […]