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. 

Our courses adopt a holistic approach, concentrating on learning repertoire, listening skills and musicianship, together with advice on audition preparation and 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 grow as musicians and as people in a relaxed atmosphere.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. Courses will take place between 7-15 July and the fee below covers all activities, accommodation and meals. Spaces do tend to fill up fast, especially upper strings and student places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

For an application pack including payment options please contact Becky Smith at or call 0141 332 8311

Thanks to the support of Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, a number of subsidised places are available for our 2018 Training Ensembles and Jazz Summer School. Please visit our Financial Assistance page for further information.


Strings & Harp

Key Information:

Strings Training Course - Now including Harp

Course Director: 

Roddy Long (Strings)

Sharron Griffiths (Harp)

Dates: 10-13 July 2018

Venue: Kilgraston School, Perthshire

Course Fee: £300 (4 days) 


Key Information:

Wind Training Course

Course Director: Stephen West

Dates: 7-10 July 2018

Venue: Kilgraston School, Perthshire

Course Fee: £300 (4 days)


Key Information:

Brass Training Course

Course Director: Steven Cowling

Dates: 13-15 July 2018

Venue: Kilgraston School, Perthshire

Course Fee: £250 (3 days)


Key Information:

Percussion Training Course

Course Directors: Tom Hunter

Dates: 13-15 July 2018

Venue: Kilrgraston School Perthshire

Course Fee: £250 (3 days)