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B:Music is proud to be a partner of NOYO, a world first, ambitious orchestra launched in September 2018 to give some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians a progression route. It promotes musical excellence, working alongside disabled and non-disabled musicians aged 11-25 to rehearse and perform together as members of a pioneering ensemble.

National Open Youth Orchestra members are supported to develop their skills through one-to-one tuition, rehearsals and concerts.

NOYO is recruiting for new members - and a great way to find out if playing with the Birmingham NOYO Ensemble is for you is to read the Applicant’s Information Pack or to is join an Open Rehearsals in person or remotely.

This is a great chance to watch a rehearsal, meet some of the Music Leaders and musicians in your region, and ask any questions you might have!

Open Rehearsals are relaxed and will take place where we rehearse, in accessible venues.

Birmingham NOYO Ensemble – 1-2pm on 24 February and 9 March 2024 at Birmingham Symphony Hall, B1 2EA

You need to Register to join the Open Rehearsal

Applications to audition to start with NOYO Ensembles from September 2024 will open 23 February – 24 March 2024. Please sign up to receive the NOYO newsletter to be notified when applications open.

Watch NOYO perform

"What Fear We Then?" by Alexander Campkin was co-commissioned with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Filmed during the covid restrictions of 2021, this music video by award-winning director Justin Edgar showcases the potential of 26 young musicians - disabled and non-disabled members of NOYO. Each musician was recorded playing live to create this unique film.

The National Open Youth Orchestra is the world's first disabled-led national youth ensemble. It's a pioneering orchestra where 11-25 year-old talented young disabled musicians and non-disabled musicians rehearse and perform together.

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