There are two audition methods open to all applicants. Candidates can submit a recorded audition (please continue reading for more information) or, subject to demand, NYOS will hold auditions in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and London.  Please note that due to audition venue accessibility, live Harp and Percussion auditions will only be held in Glasgow, or alternatively a recorded audition can be submitted.


Just complete an Application Form to be considered for all NYOS classical orchestras. You will then receive details of your audition date or, if you elect to submit a recorded audition, please follow our Recorded Audition Guidelines. Following your audition NYOS will contact you to advise you of the outcome of your audition and if successful, which ensemble you have been invited to join.

To be considered for the NYOS Junior or Senior Orchestras you should prepare one accompanied piece. To be considered for the NYOS Symphony Orchestra, we will expect to hear two contrasting pieces (one of which can be unaccompanied). In addition all candidates should prepare the relevant orchestral excerpt(s) prior to audition and sight reading may be given.

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. 

If you wish to attend a NYOS audition at one of our venues across the country, please indicate your first and second choice location on the Application Form. Candidates will be provided with an official NYOS accompanist who must be used on the day of audition.

If you wish to submit a recorded audition, please upload this unlisted to Youtube and then submit this to the NYOS website by referring to our Recorded Audition Guidelines

Recordings must be of sufficient quality and must reach us at the NYOS office by a specified date in October. If the recording is not of sufficient quality you may be asked to attend an audition in person.

Please note that for recorded auditions, accompanied pieces should be recorded with piano and candidates are expected to arrange this. Excerpts are expected to be recorded unaccompanied.

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 phone on 0141 332 8311 or via email at