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Current Supporters

NYRO gratefully acknowledge the support of the Society of Recorder Players in the form of a grant for the 2017-18 year and the continuing loan of instruments.

Thanks are due to the Norman Family Charitable Trust for their financial support for the Exeter Recorder Day 2018.

Thanks are due to the Doris Field Charitable Trust for their financial support for the Oxford Recorder Day 2017.

NYRO gratefully acknowledge the support of the Foyle Trust in the form of a grant for the 2017-18 year.

Patrons - Mr. and Mrs. T Burchette

NYRO would also like to express gratitude to its donors and patrons who wish to remain anonymous.

Instruments Available for Loan

Each year, there are some instruments that are available on loan. Currently, some instruments are out with other recorder orchestras and some are required for our Recorder Days around the country.

The following instruments are available:

 

Kung Classica Model 3705 Great Bass
Kung Superio Model 2722 Great Bass
Paetzold   Contrabass
Paetzold   Contrabass

 

An annual ontribution of £150 per instrument (£100 for SRP members and SRP affiliated orchestras) is payable to cover the cost of insurance and repair. 

Instruments must be returned no later than 14th July 2017 in preparation for the NYRO Summer Course or delivered to the course itself. Transport costs should be met by the user.

All instruments are insured by NYRO for the duration of the loan, including whilst in an unattended, locked car.

Users should notify the NYRO Office immediately if the instrument is damaged, lost or stolen.

If you wish to borrow one of these instruments or enquire about other instruments which may become available, please contact our administrator for further details.

Current opportunities to work or volunteer with NYRO

Fundraising

We are actively seeking help with fundraising, so if you have some expertise in the field and could spare some time for us, we'd be very pleased to hear from you!

Send an email to admin@nyro.org.uk and we'll put you in touch with the Chair of the Trustees.

Easter Course

This is a relaxed course, including technique and beginner bass classes as well as chamber music and recorder orchestra sessions. No audition is required.

As there is no audition requirement, this is the perfect starting point for younger and less experienced players as well as providing playing challenges for the more able. During the course, players will be split into smaller groups according to their playing ability. There will also be sessions when everyone plays together.

For players who live locally or have less experience of residential courses, there is a day student option at a lower cost. Players wishing to take this option will arrive in time for the first morning session and return to their families after the evening playing. Lunch and an evening meal are included in the cost.

Age: 10 to 21 on the 1st of April. (Younger players of the required standard may be considered; contact the NYRO Administrator to discuss your application.)

Auditions for the Summer Course may be booked to be taken at the Easter course.
On the last day there will be a short concert for family and friends. No tickets are necessary.

The cost covers musical tuition, accommodation, all course activities and the loan of music and instruments in some cases. 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. Early application is advisable.

Future Courses

Summer Course

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.

House staff, including at least one qualified first-aider, will be in attendance 24 hours a day 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 September in the year of the course.

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 and any necessary transport for course activities. 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.

Future Courses 

Recorder Days

Learn about and keep in touch with NYRO throughout the year at regular Recorder Days around the country with NYRO conductors and tutors.

You can also audition for our Summer Course on these days.

These days are for recorder players of Grade 3 standard and above, aged 8 to 25, also recorder teachers.

Tuition groups will be organised by ability, for example Grade 3 to Grade 6 and Grade 7 to Diploma, and there will be some playing for the whole ensemble.

At some of our Recorder Days, we encourage young beginners on the recorder to come for the afternoon to enjoy a playing session with one of our tutors and have the chance to participate in the informal concert at the end of the day. See the individual events or contact the NYRO Administrator for more details.

Come and make new friends, meet old friends or find out what NYRO is all about!

Cost: £29 (a late booking surcharge of £10 will be payable for bookings made less than one week before the event)

Future Recorder Days

Donating

Click on the donate link below to send us a donation amount of your choosing. Alternatively, choose one of our packages for some great benefits.

You can also support us by choosing us your charity on Giving a Bit - go to www.givingabit.com to register.

Friend £25

2 complimentary concert tickets
Line acknowledgement in the concert programme


Patron £100

Up to 5 complimentary concert tickets
2 invitations to the post-concert reception
Line acknowledgement in the programme


Desk Sponsor £200

Acknowledgement as sponsor of a principal player’s desk
Benefits of a Patron


Sponsor – Bronze £500

Acknowledgement in the concert programme, flyers and newsletter
Half-page business advertisement in the concert programme
Concert tickets, CDs and invitations to the reception as required


Sponsor – Silver £2000

Logo on the concert programme, all notices and communications and CD
Logo on the players’ t-shirts
Full-page business advertisement in the concert programme
Business advertisement in the newsletter
Named bursary supporting a player in financial need
Concert tickets, CDs and invitations to the reception as required


Sponsor – Gold £5000

Banner acknowledgement in the concert programme
Banner at the concert
Logo on all notices, communications and CDs
Logo on the players’ t-shirts
Full-page business advertisement in the concert programme
2 named bursaries supporting players in financial need
Concert tickets, CDs and invitations to the reception as required

Future Events

Sinfonia

Sinfonia is a relatively new combination introduced at the Summer Course in 2010.

It includes all the NYRO and NYTRO players who are not in BlockWork. All four orchestras as well as the Combined Orchestras performed at the concert in the Royal Northern College of Music and in subsequent concerts.

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Welcome to the NYRO shop, where you can buy copies of our CDs going back to the very first course in 2002, as well as our attractive NYRO hoodies in a variety of sizes and colours.

You can also use the link below to visit the SRP shop, where you can buy other recordings and products:

http://www.srp.org.uk/srp-shop

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NYRO

For the Summer Course, players aged 10 to 25 who are assessed at audition to be Grade 8 standard or above will join NYRO, the National Youth Recorder Orchestra.

It is not necessary to have grade passes; the assessment is made by our tutors. NYRO will rehearse and perform separately and also together with NYTRO in the Combined Orchestras.

At the Easter Course there are no auditions. Players are arranged in groups of comparable standard and also play together in a single orchestra.

Staff

NYTRO

For the Summer Course, players aged 10 to 16 who are not selected for NYRO but are assessed at audition to be Grade 5 standard or above will join NYTRO, National Youth Training Recorder Orchestra.

NYTRO will rehearse and perform separately and also together with NYRO in the Combined Orchestras.

At the Easter Course there are no auditions. Players are arranged in groups of comparable standard and play together in a single orchestra.

Supporting

If you would like to contribute to NYRO we always need help in recruitment, publicity, the loan of instruments, volunteers as house staff and of course money! If you can help in any way, please contact the Administrator.

Recruitment

We expect a recorder orchestra to have at least 50 good players to give the full range of sound and colour. We have not achieved that for every residential course. If you can suggest to young recorder players that they should try us out, please do so. For a gentle introduction they can try our Recorder Days and non-auditioned Easter Course.  Auditions for the Summer Course are not stressful; their principal purpose is to allocate players to appropriate groups within the NYRO family.

Publicity

There are still many recorder players, especially young recorder players, who do not know about NYRO. Please spread the word about our Recorder Days, courses and concerts. Point to this website and if you could use printed leaflets, ask for some.

Loan of instruments

The orchestra needs and uses recorders that are larger and deeper pitched than those generally owned and played at home by the members. NYRO has the use of several great bass and contrabass recorders, which are lent to players. Still more are needed for the residential courses; if you are able to lend any for the Summer Course, that would be very helpful. Instruments will be well cared for and fully insured.

House staff

During residential courses, we need volunteer house staff to assist the Administrator and Matron in supervising the young people when they are not in musical sessions. Expenses are paid, but not fees. In accordance with our Child Protection Policy, we take great care in selecting our volunteer house staff. We require references and shall arrange for checks with the Criminal Records Bureau.

Fundraising

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BlockWork

The most advanced players can join BlockWork, the one-to-a-part chamber orchestra. 

Members (who also play in NYRO) are selected at the auditions for the Summer course. In 2008 BlockWork entered the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham and achieved a Highly Commended Award.

In 2012, BlockWork gave a highly successful performance at the SRP Festival.

Current plans include a recording session in order to produce a CD of the advanced repertoire recently played by BlockWork.

Links

Recorder Orchestras

EROS, Eastern Recorder Orchestra

Exeter Recorder Orchestra

Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia

Heart of England Recorder Orchestra

London Recorder Orchestra

Manchester Recorder Orchestra

North East Recorder Orchestra

Peregrine Recorder Orchestra

Phoenix Recorder Orchestra

Recorders Incorporated

Scottish Recorder Orchestra

Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra

Wirral Recorder Orchestra

Others

Society of Recorder Players

Eileen Silcocks

Emily McArthur (ex-NYRO Player)

Helen Hooker

Chris Orton

SRP Walter Bergmann Fund

Edinburgh Young Musicians

European Recorder Teachers Association

Recorder Home Page (Nicholas S. Lander, Australia)

Recorder Music Mail

Oriel Library

Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust

Charlotte Barbour-Condini

NorthWest Recorder Festival

Contact Us

You can get in touch by phone, e-mail or post using the details below.

Telephone

0121 249 0490

E-mail

admin@nyro.org.uk

Address

NYRO Administrator,
2 Regent Close,
Edgbaston,
Birmingham B5 7PL

Taking Part

If you are aged 8 to 25 and your teacher considers that you are of grade 3 standard or above, come to one of our Recorder Days around the country for a taste of what it is like to play with people of a similar age and standard with professional conductors and tutors. You will find out what NYRO is all about and will very likely make new recorder playing friends. Recorder teachers are also welcome at our Recorder Days.

The next stage is to try our residential courses. The Easter Course is for players of grade 4 or above. You do not need a grade pass; your teacher’s assessment is sufficient. There is no audition, so it is the perfect starting point for younger and less experienced players as well as providing playing challenges for the more able. During the course, players will be split into smaller groups according to their playing ability as well as sessions when everyone plays together. There will be time to relax and enjoy the social life, hear the tutors perform and perhaps do your own party turn. There will be an informal concert on the last day to which your family and friends will be welcome. There is also an option for daytime attendance for younger players or those living locally.

For the Summer Course our tutors hold auditions around the country at rhe Recorder Days and at the Easter Course. They will judge which orchestra you are best suited to: NYRO for grade 8 and above or NYTRO for grade 5 and above. A few outstanding players will be selected after auditions for BlockWork, the one-to-a-part chamber orchestra. You will practice technique and music in sections and also in the performing groups; NYRO, NYTRO, BlockWork and Sinfonia, which is made of the members of NYRO and NYTRO who are not in BlockWork.  There will be free time for relaxing and socialising, a student concert, when you may contribute a musical or non-musical item, a tutor concert and the ever-popular NYRO ceilidh. On the last day there will be a public concert, recorded professionally.

Applications are welcomed from overseas players.

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.

History

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.

Whilst the Society continues to offer financial support, from September 2014 NYRO has become an independent charity, with its own Trustees.

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 formed from the most accomplished players from each Summer Course.

Summer concerts have been given in London, Kendal, Street (Somerset), Cambridge, Manchester, Gateshead, Birmingham, Epsom, Denbigh and York, 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.

In 2014, NYRO was joined on the Summer Course by 38 players from the Landes-Jugend-Blockflötenorchester of Baden-Württemberg and both groups relished the collaberation. In the Summer of 2016, NYRO was able to travel Weil der Stadt to join with the LJBO for a very successful return visit.

Auditions

Auditions for the 2017 Summer Course will be held at our Recorder Days around the country and at the Easter Course. In addition there will be a day of audtions in London and possibly some extra auditions in Edinburgh. The audition fee is £29, which also covers the cost of your Recorder Day, if that is where you are auditioning.

To audition at an eligible Recorder Day, simply tick the required box on the Recorder Day application form. To audition at Rugby (if you are not attending the Easter Course) or at one of our special audition days, please complete the form on the Summer Course page. 

There will be no auditions after the end of the Summer half-term holiday.

Audition Requirements

The audition for NYRO or NYTRO is an opportunity for you to show what you can already do on the recorder and consists of the following sections which can be played in any sequence you wish:

Prepared Pieces

Please prepare two items, lasting not more than 5 minutes in total.  These can be chosen from unaccompanied or accompanied repertoire but there will be no accompaniment in the audition.

Test Pieces

The test pieces for NYRO or NYTRO will be sent to you, usually electronically and no earlier than four weeks before your audition date. For NYRO, play both pieces: the bass study is compulsory and a bass instrument can be provided for the audition if required. For NYTRO, you can choose any two of the three studies, so bass is not compulsory.

Sight-Reading

There will be some sight-reading of an appropriate standard; you can choose to play one of Soprano/Alto/Bass (for both ensembles) and also Tenor/Great Bass/Contrabass (for NYRO).

The audition will be informal and friendly. We know the effects that nerves can have on performance and we take this into account, so do aim for relaxation and enjoyment. We will provide written feedback with the audition results.

If you have any further questions about the auditions, please do not hesitate to contact admin@nyro.org.uk.

Entry to the Easter Course is by examination result and/or teacher assessment; no audition is required.