The UK's only national youth orchestra open to young musicians of all abilities has announced that it is now accepting nominations for aspiring young players to join its 2018-2019 Season which includes a residential Summer Course and a major concert in Leeds plus further sessions and performances in London, Manchester and Birmingham.
The National Orchestra for All (NOFA), which is run by youth music charity Orchestras for All, provides an opportunity for disadvantaged young people (aged 11-18) to join a full-scale symphony orchestra and perform in some of the UK's most prestigious venues. Instead of auditioning players, potential members of the orchestra are selected on the basis of commitment and dedication to music in the face of challenging circumstances. Musicians take part in three residential courses in venues across the UK, rehearsing and performing with support from a team of professional orchestral tutors and trained pastoral staff.
100 young people are selected each year from across the UK. Many live with chronic health conditions or disabilities, have caring responsibilities for family, are newly arrived young refugees or come from areas where they simply wouldn't be able to afford to participate in music without NOFA. Prospective new members can be nominated by a teacher, community or youth group leader or social worker. Once accepted, participation in the orchestra is completely free, including the costs of residential courses. NOFA is supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England and Youth Music amongst others.
Since its inaugural season in 2011 NOFA has performed across the country in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the First Direct Arena, Leeds and established itself as one of the leading youth music groups in the country.
If you know a young person who might benefit from taking part in the National Orchestra for All you can find more details on how to make a nomination on the Orchestras for All website www.orchestrasforall.org/national-orchestra-for-all or call Orchestras for All on 0207 267 4141.