Our friends at the NYO are auditioning!
The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain comprises of 164 musicians aged 13 - 19 years old, from a variety of backgrounds and from every corner of the UK. We welcome applications from teenage musicians who play to Grade 8 distinction or equivalent standard, have a passion for orchestral music, a taste for adventure and great team spirit.
We are also recruiting talented teenage composers for a year of immersion in orchestral and creative opportunities.
Auditions are FREE, located across the country, with travel bursaries available. The audition experience aims to be positive, friendly and constructive and all auditionees will receive a workshop and written feedback. Bursaries are also available to cover the full cost of membership.
Being part of NYO is a fantastic opportunity for talented young musicians to take their music making to the highest level. They will work with world-class tutors and conductors, play in the UK’s greatest concert halls and forge lifelong friendships with like-minded musicians.
Visit our website - nyo.org.uk/apply-for-nyo-2017– to learn about the audition process, discover what bursaries are available and hear advice from NYO musicians and tutors about preparing for auditions.
Applications close 1 June.
Choreographer and Dance Artist supremo RACHEL BIRCH-LAWSON talks about what she's looking for from our 2016 auditionees
Training: I trained at London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) and then on Dance Beyond Borders in Germany, Portugal, Belgium, and the UK. I’m freelance, so I work all over the place. A lot of my work is now based in Kent, but I tour nationally and have lived and worked across Europe and Africa.
What are you looking for from auditionees?
Willingness to have a go! I’m most interested in the energy and commitment you bring. It’s not about shapes and positions, but about intention and throwing yourself into the experience.
Tips for auditionees:
Work hard, but don’t take it too seriously - it’s a fun day and I always notice people who are enjoying themselves.
Why should people get involved with YMT?
It’s a unique opportunity to be part of making something special - and to come together with other young people with shared passions.
What/who should young people research in the arts?
Try everything, see as much as you can! Don’t stick to one genre or only watch shows you know you will enjoy - try things that you’re not certain about. You might learn something new!
Avocado. Also olives.
Something with adventure - maybe learning to kite surf somewhere with warm water.
THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?
January and February saw YMT's largest-ever national auditions tour where we auditioned over 1,300 incredibly talented young people!
After 27 audition days in 24 cities all across the UK, now begins the monumental task of deciding who will be placed on one of our exciting summer productions.
We would like to thank everyone involved in putting together our auditions tour: young people, parents, practitioners, office staff, theatre staff and everyone else! Thank you!
Here are some tweets and photos of the journey:
We are extremely excited to announce our national auditions tour 2014!
We would LOVE to see many talented young performers and/or musicians aged 11-21 at one of our audition dates. Our 2014 tour will take place next January and February and our teams will travel to 22 cities across the UK. Auditions take the form workshops lasting two and a half hours and places are limited but we will be holding up to three sessions per city. So, now it’s over to you to sign up for your chance to audition for a part in a YMT production.
We will be pulling out all the stops for our 2014 programme as it shall be our 10th anniversary year! We will be presenting at least eight productions in cities from London in the south to Aberdeen in the north. Our programme of productions announced so far for 2014 include Macbeth, Miss Interpreted and Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music. Our full programme will be released within the next few months.
YMT productions are two-week residential projects that take place all around the country. There is no need to prepare anything for your workshop audition however here’s some great advice from YMT Practitioner, Yael Loewenstein (auditions panel 2013).
- Arrive prepared: dressed appropriately and a bit early to do a personal warm-up.
- Remember the panel wants to like you!
- Have a 'yes' attitude and be prepared to try new things.
- Remember everyone is in the same boat: everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Share your strengths and have the attitude of improving in weaker areas.
- Ask questions
And if you want some more tips and advice, watch our alumni talk about their experiences at YMT - singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Channel 4's Fresh Meat actress Charlotte Ritchie and Loserville the Musical’s Richard Lowe.
Wishing you lots of luck and we look forward to seeing you at your YMT audition!