Join NYOS 2021 – applications are now open!

Join NYOS 2021 – applications are now open! Click here to apply now.

NYOS is delighted to announce that applications for the Classical Pathway (NYOS Junior, Senior and Symphony Orchestras) and the Jazz Pathway (Jazz Access, Summer School and Jazz Orchestra) in 2021 are now open.

After a year that has posed many challenges to musicians and music organisations alike, we are thrilled to share some highlights of the opportunities we are offering Scotland’s most promising young musicians next year: chances to learn from world-class tutors, play alongside internationally renowned soloists, learn specialist skills from prominent Jazz musicians and follow the baton of some of the most celebrated conductors in the industry.

NYOS Junior Orchestra is the first stepping-stone on the NYOS Classical Pathway and is an often-unique opportunity for our youngest players to experience playing in a full symphonic orchestra. (Applications are invited from instrumentalists aged 8 and above.) After great success in 2019, Junior Orchestra will once again perform an entire symphony in their Summer concert (this year Borodin’s Symphony No.2). We will also be joined by a recent NYOS alumna as soloist in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 and we are thrilled that Natalia Luis-Bassa, who conducted our players with such flair and imagination in 2019, will return to conduct both concerts in 2021.

Other highlights of the 2021 season include Symphony Orchestra working with two truly world-class conductors, RSNO Principal Conductor, Thomas Søndergård, and English National Opera Music Director, Martyn Brabbins, as well as Nicola Benedetti, one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation. Repertoire will include a new, double trombone concerto by Claire McCue for Symphony Orchestra and our Senior Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5, a stalwart of the repertoire. The Jazz Orchestra will be joined this year by saxophonist Paul Booth, a soloist, arrange and bandleader, and will tour venues across Scotland.

Further information about the courses for all ensembles in the NYOS Classical and Jazz Pathways can be found on our website at



Application closing date: Friday 25 September 2020

Fees and bursaries: It is free to audition for NYOS and the NYOS bursary fund is available to help participants who find it difficult to meet the costs of the membership fees. Further information about the NYOS bursary fund can be found on our website at

Eligibility: Applications are invited from instrumentalists 25 and under with Scottish links i.e born in Scotland, living in Scotland, studying in Scotland or with Scottish Family.


If you have any questions or require further support with the application process, please contact the NYOS Ensembles Team via