About National Youth Orchestras of Scotland

Our vision is of a Scotland where all communities access world-class ensemble youth music-making and share in its social, personal, and cultural benefits.

Our Values


We create inspirational, world-class, adventurous and fun musical experiences


Our community is forward-thinking, accessible, inclusive, fair and diverse


We collaborate, learn and innovate to develop as skilled creators and as people

Our Programmes

NYOS Engage & Academy

Accessible, inclusive, co-created programmes for young people aged 8-18

NYOS Orchestras

High-quality holistic training and performance opportunities for aspiring young musicians aged 11-22

NYOS Pre-Professional

Collaborative and career development opportunities for expert young musicians aged 18-25

Our Patrons

HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh
Sir James MacMillan, CBE - Scottish Composer & Conductor
Nicola Benedetti, CBE - Scottish Violinist
Colin Currie - Scottish Percussionist