Senior Orchestra Spring Course 2021


NYOS Senior Orchestra was our third spring course to launch completely online this year and we were delighted to welcome our teenage orchestra back on Wednesday 7 April 2021. We were joined by the wonderful conductor Karin Hendrickson. Karin has an exceptional approach to teaching orchestral repertoire and coaching younger musicians, and we were delighted to welcome her onboard to lead our Senior Orchestra spring course. After meeting the conductor, tutors and pastoral staff the musicians went straight into their first sectional rehearsals.

The course ran for four full days and each day was packed with a variety of sessions including early morning yoga, practical workshops and masterclasses.

Under normal conditions NYOS Senior Orchestra members would have prepared for and performed in their end of course concert, which forms an important part of the overall NYOS experience. Students learn how to present themselves on stage while performing. A key skill for any young, aspiring musician. It is disappointing therefore, that we are unable to perform at one of our favourite venues in front of a live audience this year. However, Senior Orchestra members will star in their very own short music video. We have employed a small team of audio engineers and videographers to help students record audio and video of themselves performing remotely. These will then be edited together to produce the short film. It may not be a replacement for live performance, but the presentation and technical skills our students are learning from this type of performance outcome are just as important, especially as the performing arts landscape evolves and changes to meet new demands.

We would like to thank everyone involved with the Senior Orchestra spring course. Our Ensembles Team delivered a fantastically varied and meaningful course under difficult circumstances. Special thanks also to conductor Karin Hendrickson, all our wonderful tutors, pastoral staff and special guests, but most of all to the Senior Orchestra members (and those who supported them at home), without whom there would be no course and no music. Thank you all! Watch this space for the music video and we’ll see you all again in the summer! 

Course feedback

“Just wanted to get in touch to say thank you to everyone who has been involved with the organisation of the NYOS Senior Orchestra Spring Course.  My daughter has participated in quite a few online courses over the last year and has found them hard going due to the amount of time spent looking at a screen. The NYOS course has been meticulously planned to deliver a fulfilling, uplifting and enjoyable experience. The allocation of time to performance activities and to well-being events is perfect. My daughter is thoroughly enjoying the experience and I'd like to thank you all for delivering an amazing course in a challenging time.” – Parent 

“I am enjoying the online course very much; it is definitely the most entertaining thing I have done this year during lockdown. . . . Looking forward to the next meetings” – Senior Orchestra Musician

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