Norfolk County Youth Orchestra

Guildhall Young Artists Norwich is proud to partner with Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (NCYO). The orchestra, which welcomes up to 85 members from age 11 – 18, meets to put on training courses twice a year, where young musicians get to work with industry professionals and develop skills in preparation for a public concert. Courses take place during the spring and autumn half-term, usually over a period of four to five days. 

This unique experience gives members of Guildhall Young Artists Norwich an opportunity to develop their performance skills, build confidence and meet other musicians from all over Norfolk.  

Founded in 1959 to provide gifted young musicians in Norfolk the opportunity to develop their skills and gain performing experience, NCYO is funded by The Friends of Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, an independent charity which provides financial support through bursaries, to support young musicians who want to attend an NCYO course.

NCYO Courses

25 – 28 October 2022 – Residential at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre

28 October – 7.00pm Concert at St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich

Cost – £350.00 per student


Finlandia by Sibelius

Cello Concerto by Dvorak soloist: Maxim Calver

5th Sympnhony by Vaughan Williams

Conductor – Andrew Morley 


We are now taking applications for the next NCYO residential course in October 2022. String, woodwind, brass and percussion players up to the age of 18 can apply. Players should be of approximately Grade 6 standard and apply for each course. 


Membership of NCYO will be subject to a successful audition. Auditions will take place at City of Norwich School, NR4 6PP on Saturday 11 June.  If you have successfully auditioned for NCYO before (pre-COVID),  then you will not be required to re-audition. If you have played with NCYO in the past year but have not done an audition then we will get in touch with you directly to confirm whether an audition is required. 

Apply for a place

All rehearsal and concert dates planned for 2022 -23 are available on the NCYO Calendar 2022/23


Further information regarding NCYO bursaries is available here.


NCYO Orchestral Course October 2022

Our October Orchestral course is filling up nicely and we are now only taking applications from trumpets, oboes, bassoons, violins and  violas. All other players will have the opportunity of applying for our Orchestral course in April 2023. Details of this will be released in due course.     Thank you!