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What a fantastic month I’ve had! Travelling Europe to play such great music with musicians of such a high standard has been a great pleasure to take part in and has really benefited me, I think in terms of both my musicianship and my cultural understanding of France. Perhaps even my French has improved a little too!

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In response to demand for high quality instrumental training for musicians as young as eight years old and with the help of funding from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland launched its complete Training Ensembles programme in 2015 to include courses for strings, wind, brass and percussion, and for the first time in 2018 the strings course will include provision for classical pedal harp (ABRSM grade 3, as a guide only).

Many young musicians across Scotland do not have the opportunity to play with other instrumentalists, especially if they live in rural communities or play an instrument that is less commonplace like the harp, tuba or percussion. The values of studying musicianship or learning to play an instrument from an early age have been well documented and these benefits include:

  • Language Development
  • Physical co-ordination and motor control
  • Integrating mental and physical activity
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding
  • Being expressive
  • Using creativity and imagination
  • Building self-belief and confidence
  • Nurturing emotional intelligence
  • Learning to learn

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After 30 years, NYOS Symphony Orchestra makes a welcome return to the Edinburgh International Festival 2018. In this, Scotland's designated Year of Young People the Festival is showcasing extraordinary young classical talents from both sides of the Atlantic and are beyond proud to be back, and part of such a remarkable line up of young talented musicians.

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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 2018, is recent NYOS Symphony Orchestra member and talented flautist Leila Marshall.

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NYOS Symphony Orchestra continued to explore The Power of Naturein style with conductor Rebecca Miller and pianist James Willshire performing a World Premiere and giving a phenomenal performance of Stravinsky's riot-worthy score The Rite of Spring.

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NYOS Jazz BopCamp 2018 was not so much a new venture as a reworking and development of previous courses, to meet the needs of young Scottish jazz musicians today. 

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NYOS Senior Orchestra and conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire continued the spring season with its course at Strathallan School in Perthshire followed by a wonderful concert at City Halls in Glasgow

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During the NYOS Junior Orchestra course we had birthdays, morning music activities, April Fool’s Day pranks, a talent show and a whole lot of rehearsing, all culminating in a fantastic concert performance delivered by some exceptionally gifted young musicians. 

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In this second edition we delve into the archives to look back at NYOS Symphony Orchestra’s first ever appearance at the Edinburgh International Festival, on 27 August 1983. This summer the Orchestra will return to the Festival, performing as part of a six-concert celebration of some of the world’s finest youth ensembles.

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This year I'll be raking through the NYOS Archives in search of interesting stories, reflecting on the organisation's history in order to build on past successes (of which there are many!). I’ll be updating this blog with my findings in the lead up to NYOS’s 40th anniversary in 2019.

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For our programme this year we celebrate the enduring power of nature, and explore how classical and jazz musicians have been influenced by nature over the centuries, right up to the present day.

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