National Youth Recorder Orchestras Great Britain

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National Youth Recorder Orchestras of Great Britain

  • In rehearsal at the Summer 2106 Course in Germany

    In rehearsal at the Summer 2106 Course in Germany

  • Relaxing at our barbecue on the Summer Course 2016 in Germany

    Relaxing at our barbecue on the Summer Course 2016 in Germany

  • Learning about breathing!

    Learning about breathing!

National Youth Recorder Orchestras

Welcome to the website for the National Youth Recorder Orchestras (NYRO)

NYRO is an organisation dedicated to young recorder players and exists to support, develop and nurture their playing and give them opportunities to perform. As well as supporting their musical ambitions, NYRO gives them the chance to meet other young people, have new experiences and broaden their horizons. NYRO is unique in that it is the only national youth recorder orchestra in the world.

NYRO’s principal aims are to:

Be an advocate for high quality recorder playing and for the recorder orchestra model

Bring together like-minded young people to develop their recorder playing to a high level and to benefit from top professional tutors and conductors

Give young people the opportunity to make friends from all social backgrounds who share their interests and experience the satisfaction of working together

Stimulate interest in the recorder and promote it as an instrument for life, encouraging participation in an absorbing and life-enhancing hobby.

NYRO runs two residential courses and a number of Recorder Days around the country each year. We engage top professional recorder players as tutors and experienced conductors to coach and inspire youg players, and give them the opportunity to try or renew the experience of playing in ensembles with professional guidance. We have all the large recorders avaliable during our courses so players can try out bass, great bass and contrabass recorders. Recorder teachers are also very welcome to attend our Recorder Days.

Next Concert

    The Summer Course finishes with a concert

    Contact us to find out about concert dates to be arranged

Next Course

  • Easter Course 2020

    7th-11th April 2020

    The Easter Course is once again at our regular venue, Rugby School. There will be auditions for the Summer Course 2020 during the week, which are also open to students not attending the Easter Course.

  • Summer Course 2020

    26th July - 1st August 2020

    Our week-long residential course at Uppingham School from 26th July to 1st August 2020 is open to players aged 10-25 with a playing standard of Grade 5 up to Diploma. All players must audition for this course. Our tutors this year are Chris Orton, Michelle Holloway and Joris van Goethem.

Next Audition

  • London Recorder Day 2020

    12th Janury 2020

    A fun day of playing for young recorder players from Grade 3 upwards at James Allen's Girls' School. Players who are not quite ready to join in a full NYRO day or have not reached the minimum grade standard are welcome to join us for the afternoon session. Auditions for the Summer Course 2020 will be held at this event.

  • Edinburgh Recorder Day 2020

    26th January 2020

    Young recorder players and teachers are invited to come and try a day of recorder playing with NYRO, led by our tutors, Annabel Knight and Dianne Charles. You can audition for the Summer Course 2020 at this event.

  • Cambridge Recorder Day 2020

    1st March 2020

    A fun day of playing for young recorder players from Grade 3 upwards at the Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, Cambridge, CB4 3NY. Players who are not quite ready to join in a full NYRO day or have not reached the minimum grade standard are welcome to join us for the afternoon session. Auditions for the Summer Course 2020 will be held at this event.

  • Oxford Recorder Day 2020

    8th March 2020

    A fun day of playing for young recorder players from Grade 3 upwards at Rye St. Anthony School. Players who are not quite ready to join in a full NYRO day or have not reached the minimum grade standard are welcome to join us for the afternoon session. Auditions for the Summer Course 2020 will be held at this event.

  • Bristol Recorder Day 2020

    15th March 2020

    A fun day of playing for young recorder players from Grade 3 upwards at Tockington Manor School. Players who are not quite ready to join in a full NYRO day or have not reached the minimum grade standard are welcome to join us for the afternoon session. Auditions for the Summer Course 2020 will be held at this event.

  • Aberdeen Recorder Day 2020

    3rd May 2020

    A fun day of playing for young recorder players from Grade 3 upwards at The North East of Scotland Music School Ltd 21 Huntly Street Aberdeen AB10 1TJ. Players who are not quite ready to join in a full NYRO day or have not reached the minimum grade standard are welcome to join us for the afternoon session. Auditions for the Summer Course 2020 will be held at this event.

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