National Youth Recorder Orchestras Great Britain

  • In rehearsal at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester

    In rehearsal at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester

  • In rehearsal at Rossall School

    In rehearsal at Rossall School

  • In rehearsal at Rossall School

    In rehearsal at Rossall School

National Youth Recorder Orchestras

Welcome to the website for the National Youth Recorder Orchestras (NYRO)

NYRO is an organisation dedicated to young recorder players and exists to support, develop and nurture their playing and give them opportunities to perform. As well as supporting their musical ambitions, NYRO gives them the chance to meet other young people, have new experiences and broaden their horizons. NYRO is unique in that it is the only national youth recorder orchestra in the world.

NYRO’s principal aims are to:

Be an advocate for high quality recorder playing and for the recorder orchestra model

Bring together like-minded young people to develop their recorder playing to a high level and to benefit from top professional tutors and conductors

Give young people the opportunity to make friends from all social backgrounds who share their interests and experience the satisfaction of working together

Stimulate interest in the recorder and promote it as an instrument for life, encouraging participation in an absorbing and life-enhancing hobby.

NYRO runs two residential courses and a number of Recorder Days around the country each year. We engage top professional recorder players as tutors and experienced conductors to coach and inspire youg players, and give them the opportunity to try or renew the experience of playing in ensembles with professional guidance. We have all the large recorders avaliable during our courses so players can try out bass, great bass and contrabass recorders. Recorder teachers are also very welcome to attend our Recorder Days.

Next Concert

  • Easter Concert 2016

    9th April 2016

    This informal concert is the showcase for the work done by students on the Easter course. There is no charge for this event and all are welcome.

Next Course

  • Easter Course 2016

    5th-9th April 2016

    The Easter Course is once again at our regular venue, Rugby School. There will be auditions for the Summer Course 2016 during the week, which will also be available to students not attending the Easter Course.

  • Summer Course 2016

    30th July - 7th August 2016 (including coach travel)

    The 2016 Summer Course will be at the Landesakademie für Jugendbildung, Weil der Stadt, Germany. The cost is £695 and a deposit of £95 is required to secure a place following a successful audition. Places must be confirmed by Monday 6th June. Applicants should be 12 years of age by the date of the tour. The course dates are 31st July to 6th August 2016 plus travel time at either end of the course. This will be confirmed as soon as the travel arrangements are finalised.

Next Audition

  • Exeter Recorder Day 2016

    7th February 2016

    A fun day for recorder players aged 8 to 21 (Grade 3 to Diploma) and recorder teachers at St. Luke's Church Rooms, Countess Wear. You can audition for our Summer Course 2016 at this event.

  • London Auditions

    28th February 2016

    This is an opportunity to audition for the Summer Course 2016. Note that it will not be possible to to audition at the London Recorder Day in June, so this is the last chance to audition in London.

  • Oxford Recorder Day 2016

    Sunday 13th March from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    A fun day of playing for young recorder players from Grade 3 upwards at Rye St. Anthony School. Players who are not quite ready to join in a full NYRO day or have not reached the minimum grade standard are welcome to join us for the afternoon session. Auditions for the Summer Course 2016 will be held at this event.

  • Easter Course 2016

    5th-9th April 2016

    The Easter Course is once again at our regular venue, Rugby School. There will be auditions for the Summer Course 2016 during the week, which will also be available to students not attending the Easter Course.

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