The first National Youth Recorder Orchestra was launched in 2002. The Society of Recorder Players, at the suggestion of Colin Touchin, launched the Orchestra with the help of a legacy from the late Arthur Ingram, a former Treasurer of the Society.
The Society continues to support the Orchestras; its Charity Trustees have ultimate responsibility, with management of NYRO delegated to a sub-committee.
NYRO was joined in 2005 by the National Youth Training Recorder Orchestra (NYTRO) and in 2007 by BlockWork, a one-to-a-part chamber orchestra.
Summer concerts have been given in London, Kendal, Street (Somerset), Cambridge, Manchester, Gateshead, Birmingham, Epsom and Denbigh with the standard of auditioned players rising each year, and the repertoire performed including both original compositions and arrangements.
NYRO gave performances abroad in two significant events during the year 2004 to 2005: The First International Convention of Recorder Orchestras (ICRO) in Holland, and the Steps in Time Recorder Festival in Armidale, Australia.