Thursday 14 July 2022

National Open Youth Orchestra to launch a centre in Cardiff

The National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) is to launch a centre in Cardiff. NOYO is the world's first disabled-led national youth ensemble open to both young disabled and non-disabled musicians, and the Cardiff NOYO Centre is the result of a partnership between the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the National Open Youth Orchestra.

Laying the foundations for a more diverse orchestral sector, the NOYO musicians play a wide range of acoustic and electronic instruments, such as the LinnStrument, Seaboard RISE and Clarion, an accessible instrument that can be played with any movement of the body including the eyes. 

Rehearsals will start in Cardiff in September 2023, with a call out for 11-25 year-old disabled and non-disabled musicians to apply to audition from 1 March 2023.  Participation in the National Open Youth Orchestra is free and Cardiff NOYO Centre members will be supported to realise their musical potential through monthly rehearsals and one-to-one tuition. They will also come together with musicians from other NOYO Centres in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Bournemouth for a yearly residential, and whole ensemble concerts from Spring 2024. 

Further details from the NOYO website.

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