National Youth Recorder Orchestras Great Britain

Summer Course

  • NYRO course members relaxing on the climbing wall at Howells' School!

    NYRO course members relaxing on the climbing wall at Howells' School!

Our annual residential Summer Course is a week long, with our full complement of conductors, tutors and house staff, concluding with a public concert and professional recording.

Play with other talented young recorder players in either NYTRO, our training orchestra, or NYRO, the main orchestra, and additionally the full orchestra combining all players. The most advanced players will be invited to play in BlockWork, the one-to-a-part ensemble. All players take part in daily technique sessions and chamber music. Entry is by audition.

A qualified Matron and other house staff will be in attendance to look after the well-being of the players. All staff are subject to DBS checks in line with our Safeguarding policy.

Age: 10 to 25 on the 1st of September.

Standard: NYTRO is intended for players of a good grade 5 standard and above, and ages 10 to 16: progression to NYRO is entirely dependent on annual audition, however players of exceptional skills for their age may be promoted sooner. NYRO is intended for players aged 10 to 25 of a minimum grade 8 standard - however, examination success is not the only criterion: the audition is the main measurement for selection, and capable and experienced players without grade passes are fully encouraged to apply. BlockWork is a one-to-a-part ensemble by invitation (selection through audition).

The fee covers musical tuition, accommodation with full board, all course activities, loan of music and instruments in some cases, the concert, transport for course activities and membership of the Society of Recorder Players for a year. Travel costs to and from the course are not included.

Remember, if you think you cannot afford the fees, help may be possible. For example, the Society of Recorder Players, has the SRP Walter Bergmann Fund to assist young recorder players.

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