National Youth Recorder Orchestras Great Britain

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National Youth Recorder Orchestras of Great Britain


If you would like to contribute to NYRO we always need help in recruitment, publicity, the loan of instruments, volunteers as house staff and of course money! If you can help in any way, please contact the Administrator.


We expect a recorder orchestra to have at least 50 good players to give the full range of sound and colour. We have not achieved that for every residential course. If you can suggest to young recorder players that they should try us out, please do so. For a gentle introduction they can try our Recorder Days and non-auditioned Easter Course.  Auditions for the Summer Course are not stressful; their principal purpose is to allocate players to appropriate groups within the NYRO family.


There are still many recorder players, especially young recorder players, who do not know about NYRO. Please spread the word about our Recorder Days, courses and concerts. Point to this website and if you could use printed leaflets, ask for some.

Loan of instruments

The orchestra needs and uses recorders that are larger and deeper pitched than those generally owned and played at home by the members. NYRO has the use of several great bass and contrabass recorders, which are lent to players. Still more are needed for the residential courses; if you are able to lend any for the Summer Course, that would be very helpful. Instruments will be well cared for and fully insured.

House staff

During residential courses, we need volunteer house staff to assist the Administrator and Matron in supervising the young people when they are not in musical sessions. Expenses are paid, but not fees. In accordance with our Child Protection Policy, we take great care in selecting our volunteer house staff. We require references and will arrange the necessary DBS checks.


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