News

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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This spring in Perth and Glasgow, NYOS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the compelling and insightful Rebecca Miller, presents a programme full of natural wonder.

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Miles Ahead

NYOS Jazz Orchestra appear as special guests of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra alongside Guildhall Jazz Orchestra.

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This spring NYOS Senior Orchestra, conducted for the first time by Catherine Larsen-Maguire present a programme designed to challenge and inspire its members with repertoire influenced by nature, sure to captivate its audience.

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This spring in Stirling NYOS Junior Orchestra, conducted by Holly Mathieson present a programme sure to delight audiences of all ages.

 

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In January, I went to Apeldoorn in Holland to spend an unforgettable two weeks playing with the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest (National Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands).

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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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We're thrilled that NYOS Camarata is collaborating with Children's Classic Concerts (CCC) for the first time this month at Glasgow Life's Big Music for Minis Festival. Flautist, Cressida McKay Frith, was involved in an artistic planning stages of the project and has kindly reflected on the process of curating 'Melody Quest'. We're very grateful to her for taking the time to do this, allowing an insight into the intricacies of putting a programme together. NYOS Camerata are looking forward to performing on stage with Owen and Olly from CCC, and we hope our students are provided with an invaluable professional development experience to equip them for a career in music. 

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The young NYOS Camerata musicians played brilliantly, however, going way beyond the call of duty in Stone’s sometimes merciless send-ups. And young rising star conductor Ben Glassberg was a wonderfully precise, demanding presence on the podium – and mute sidekick to Stone, too.

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FOUR STARS

The theme running throughout NYOS this year is the USA, and the all-American programme featured three big and challenging works for the whole orchestra, from familiar Gershwin, a recent percussion concerto from Andrew Norman to a symphony from Aaron Copland, in mainstream repertoire across the pond but rarely performed here.  

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Welcome.

It's a pleasure to welcome you to our latest newsletter, a chance to look back on the incredible success of all our summer activities. We'll report on the concerts put on in July and August by our Junior, Senior and flagship Symphony orchestras; we will look back on a joyful summer for our Jazz programme, with the very special Summer School and Jazz Access that took place on Skye, onto the incredible success of our Jazz Orchestra tour, culminating with a barnstorming first appearance at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

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A collaboration between Drake Music Scotland, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) and the composer 

Saturday 12th August at 4pm

Venue: The Tom Fleming Centre, Erskine Stewart's Melville School, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh EH4 3EZ

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The NYOS (National Youth Orchestras of Scotland) Symphony Orchestra in Perth Concert Hall is always a joyous event. First there is the formidably able talent on show, second is the sheer impact of their sound and most important is the enthusiasm of the players, for most it will be their first eager experience of creating masterpieces.

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