The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland’s Training Ensembles are designed for younger players around the age of 8-14 (ABRSM Grade 3, as a guide only) to prepare them for entry into an Orchestra. 

NYOS Training Ensembles comprise four, non-auditioned residential courses for strings & harp, woodwind, brass and percussion. Our courses adopt a holistic approach, concentrating on learning repertoire, listening skills and musicianship, together with advice on audition preparation. Each course culminates with a private showcase performance for friends and family. 

We provide a fun, yet focussed learning environment with games, pop song arrangements, jazz and mini concerts. A place where students are encouraged to learn in a relaxed atmosphere.

Thanks to funding from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, bursaries of up to 100% are available for participants who find it difficult to meet the costs of our membership fees. Each case is assessed individually, and all applications are treated in the strictest confidence. NYOS relies on support from Creative Scotland as well as Trusts and Foundations to maintain a Bursary Fund, therefore the total fund available varies each year.

With external support, the NYOS mission is to ensure that our work is open to young people from all backgrounds and circumstances each year and that no young person misses out on our life changing projects due to financial circumstances.

Applications are now open. For an application pack and bursary form contact course manager Matthias van der Swaagh at matthiasvanderswaagh@nyos.co.uk or call 0141 332 8311. The deadline for applications is Friday 26 April 2019.

Spaces tend to fill up fast, especially upper strings. Student places are allocated on a first come first served basis. 

 

Strings & Harp

Key Information:

Strings Training Course

Course Director: Roddy Long

Harp Tutor: Sharron Griffiths

Dates: 15-18 July 2019

Venue: Kilgraston School, Perthshire

Course Fee: £300 (4 days) 

Wind

Key Information:

Wind Training Course

Course Director: 

Alison Green

Dates: 12 -15 July 2019

Venue: Kilgraston School, Perthshire

Course Fee: £300 (4 days)

Brass

Key Information:

Brass Training Course

Course Director: 

Steven Cowling

Dates: 18-20 July 2019

Venue: Kilgraston School, Perthshire

Course Fee: £250 (3 days)

Percussion

Key Information:

Percussion Training Course

Course Director: 

Owen Gunnell and Toby Kearney

Dates: 18-20 July 2019

Venue: Kilrgraston School Perthshire

Course Fee: £250 (3 days)