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The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland is sad to announce, that due to unforeseen circumstances, conductor Thierry Fischer will no longer be able to join NYOS Symphony Orchestra for its 2017 Summer Tour.

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We are delighted to share with you our latest newsletter, with information relating to all our forthcoming performances. NYOS will be covering the length and breadth of Scotland this summer so we do hope you will join us.

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Thanks to a date clash with another event this July in Dundee, The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) will now play two fantastic concerts in Stirling.

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We are proud to announce, on behalf of the Endowment Trust of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland that the recipient of the Colin MacLean Bursary Fund 2017 is French horn player Diana Sheach.

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We are delighted to welcome you to our latest newsletter, and to revisit with you the excitement of our spring concerts. 

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The Americas is the theme for all National Youth Orchestras of Scotland ensembles throughout 2017. Each orchestra will perform a blend of well-known standards together with rarely heard gems directly linked to, or inspired by the Americas.

Within this theme we will present a broad spectrum of classical and jazz music through to contemporary repertoire, from North and South American composers (with music rarely heard in the UK or European concert halls) together with more prominent European composers inspired to write works celebrating the remarkable diversity of the Americas.

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What an incredible summer it has been for NYOS Jazz! Back in July, the young musicians were given a warm welcome once again as they gathered at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. The Jazz Summer School has definitely earned its place in the Fèis an Eilean (Skye Festival) now, and it is always a pleasure to return there for a week of creativity and shared musical experiences.

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Recent graduate, Molly Anne McWhirter, cello, is the third winner of an award that will assist her in fulfilling her aspiration to become a professional musician.

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Welcome to our summer season preview containing details of our upcoming concerts from July to October together with booking information and exclusive ticket offers for all our valued mailing list subscribers.

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It has been such a wonderful spring season full of dance-infused repertoire, magnificent performances and big announcements.  

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Established by the Endowment Trust of NYOS, this Bursary Fund recognises Colin MacLean’s dedication to encouraging and nurturing youth music. Thanks to donors and with the support of NYOS the fund provides an annual bursary of £2,000. This is awarded to assist a senior, or recent senior, member of NYOS in their further studies in music, or to gain experience in areas outwith NYOS, in the early stages of their music career.

Closing Date 22 April 2016.  Email completed forms FAO Joan Gibson to info@nyos.co.uk 

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Our fortnight with the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest has sadly come to an end. We had such an amazing time touring the Netherlands and performing in some of its finest halls, from Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw to De Dolen in Rotterdam. At our final concert in De Doelen, we received a mighty 1700-person audience and standing ovations after every piece we played!

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EFNYO Music Exchange – Nationaal Jeugd Orkest (NJO) Winter Course Project 

Blog by Elanor Gunn & YeYe Xu.

We have just finished our first week as exchange students with the Netherlands Youth Orchestra (Nationaal Jeugd Orkest), playing a programme of Roukens ‘Chase’, Berlioz ‘Harold in Italy’ and Mussorgsky ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’. Our conductor is the wonderful Etienne Siebens, and Isabelle van Keulen joins us as the fabulous viola soloist in the Berlioz. 

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The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) invited four young, Scottish, string musicians to represent NYOS and take part in a wonderful project based in the Netherlands, organised by The European Federation of Youth Orchestras entitled 'MusXchange Chamber Project'

Read on to find out how Emma Pantel, Abigail Young, Campbell Parker and Sarah Ayoub got on as they performed together for the very first time as a quartet, received expert quartet and octet coaching and took part in the NJO Orchestral Project, where they performed: Sibelius - Finlandia; Hillborg Violin Concerto and Nielsen Symphony No. 4 - conducted by Christian Karlsen. 

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2015 has been a magnificent year for all NYOS ensembles, so far, with critically acclaimed performances across the board; bumper audiences throughout Scotland and of course, a welcome return to the international stage.

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I'm an emotional wreck right now, crying my eyes out in the back of the bus as I write this. Every aspect of this tour has been incredible.

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Last tourist attraction and last day in China! Most of us went to another "fake market" to spend the last of our Yen, and then went to the Temple of Heaven (where we supposed to go earlier in the week but didn't due to train delays).

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This was definitely our best concert, but sadly also our last. The Grand Theatre where we played is a modern glass building in downtown Tianjin, by far our nicest venue.

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This morning we visited the Forbidden City - the residence of the Chinese emperor in imperial China, before 1912. According to Lee (of bus 2, pure dead brilliant tour guide, we love you Lee), Beijing in effect consisted of four cities: the imperial city, where all of the officials and people of importance lived; the inner city; the outer city; and the forbidden city, from which most people were forbidden (ingenious name).

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We woke up early and more or less refreshed, ready for today's first outing: the Great Wall of China.

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