Orchestral opportunities for students

National Orchestra for All (NOFA)

NOFA is a unique, mixed ability orchestra made up of 100 musicians aged 11-18 from across all four countries of the UK. NOFA is the only non-auditioned, free of charge, nationally run youth orchestra in the world.

Our young musicians are nominated through schools, Music Hubs and a range of musical and non-musical organisations to take part because of their dedication and commitment to music in the face of challenging circumstances. These might be personal challenges (physical or mental health issues, economic circumstances, caring responsibilities) or community challenges (rural isolation, limited local accessible music-making). Our young musicians do not audition and can be of any musical standard.

NOFA is entirely free of charge for families. This creates a highly inclusive, mixed ability group of young musicians. The 12-month membership programme consists of orchestral residential courses, workshops and spectacular public performances.


Yorchestra is a non-residential holiday orchestra which meets in York during the school holidays for up to four days of orchestral playing, sectionals and workshops.

Yorchestra offers young players a great opportunity to have fun making music and making new friends whether they have been learning their instrument for just one term or are Grade 8+.

Yorchestra has an excellent team of professional musicians, assisted by student tutors, to coach members to a very high standard. There is a concert on the final day in which all players take part, performing a selection of the music worked on during the course and to which family and friends are invited.