All auditions are completed by submitting a video recording to us. You must complete an application and then you will be asked to submit your recording by Monday 25 October 2021 for entry into the 2022 classical orchestras.


Just complete an Application Form to be considered for all NYOS classical orchestras. Following your application, you should receive an automated email with instructions on how to submit your recorded audition, and pointing you towards our Recorded Audition Guidelines. If you have not received this email, then please contact us. Following the audition recordings having been reviewed, NYOS will contact you to advise you of the outcome of your audition and if successful, which ensemble you have been invited to join.

All applicants are put through the same audition process, meaning you apply to NYOS as a whole and, if successful, are invited to join the orchestra appropriate for your experience and that the audition panel feel you are best suited to. In preparing for your audition, if you are aiming to gain a position in the Junior orchestra please submit one piece and one excerpt, for the Senior orchestra please submit one piece along with two excerpts and if aiming for the Symphony orchestra, please submit two contrasting pieces and two excerpts. We understand that applicants may not have access to an accompanist at the moment so we are happy to accept unaccompanied pieces or indeed accompanied pieces but without the piano part. In addition all candidates should prepare the relevant orchestral excerpt(s) for the audition.

Excerpts for auditions can be found here 

If you also wish to offer a doubling instrument, an additional excerpt must be prepared along with one piece. 

Recordings must be of sufficient quality and must be submitted NYOS  NO LATER than Monday 25 October 2021.

Please make sure your recording is of sufficient quality to ensure you have the best possible chance of gaining a position in NYOS.

If you have any further questions about our audition process, please visit our FAQs page. If you cannot find the answer to your question please do not hesitate to contact Head of Ensembles, Judith Archibald, by email at 


If you would like to apply to NYOS for 2022 activities, but are hesitant to do so due to not having your usual access to instruments, lessons and music making opportunities, please do not let this be a barrier.

We understand the obstacles musicians currently face and are fully flexible in accommodating applicants’ needs as best we can. Our application process is straightforward, and all auditions are submitted via recorded video this year.

If you foresee any issues with submitting an online application and/or audition, please reach out to us to discuss.

We realise Percussionists in particular still may not have access to instruments at the moment and again we would like to reiterate to get in touch if you wish to apply, but are unable to access instruments for your recorded audition.

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