National Youth Recorder Orchestras Great Britain

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National Youth Recorder Orchestras of Great Britain

Summer Course 2012

Open to recorder players aged 11 to 21 by audition. £470 full board. Auditions in London and Birmingham - other venues may be possible by arrangement.

Musical Director - Colin Touchin
NYTRO Director - Eileen Silcocks
BlockWork Director - Christopher Orton

At our Summer Course, players are allocated to various ensembles. The training ensemble, NYTRO, is intended for players of a good Grade 5 standard and above and aged 11 to 16. Progression to NYRO is not automatic and is entirely dependent on performance at the annual audition. NYRO is intended for players aged 11 to 21 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 only (based on performance in the audition).

All auditions must be live and unaccompanied. Candidates are required to play one or two set studies, sent out approximately one month before the confirmed audition date. For NYRO, one of these must be played on a bass recorder. Candidates must also offer two contrasting pieces of their own choice, one on their chosen instrument and one on treble. Own choice pieces should have a total duration of approximately 6 minutes. There will also be a short sight-reading test. A warm-up room will be available. All candidates will receive a brief written report. Following a successful audition, candidates will be offered a place for either NYTRO or NYRO. The Musical Director’s decision is final.

Auditions for 2012 course are still taking place at our Taster Days around the country. The non-refundable audition fee of £45 also entitles you to attend the Taster Day, in which case £20 can still be offset against the cost of the course for successful candidates. Dates for the Taster Days are on our website:

Late auditions are scheduled in Birmingham on 8th July and there may be possible alternative venues depending on demand.

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