Applications are now open for 11-25 year-old disabled and non-disabled musicians to join the Bournemouth NOYO Ensemble. You don’t need to live here to apply – you just need to be able to make it for rehearsals approximately once a month. Visit to read the 2024 Applicant’s Information Pack and send your application before 24 March 2024

Progression routes for young disabled musicians in the UK are limited due to lack of access to suitable musical provision, instruments and the ability to play with others.


The National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO), is the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra promoting musical excellence and working alongside disabled and non-disabled musicians aged 11-25.

The National Open Youth Orchestra is a dynamic orchestra that evolves annually, with twenty-five musicians coming together this year to present a broad programme of contemporary classic music. All National Open Youth Orchestra musicians have come through the ranks of five regional NOYO Ensembles, which are delivered through major partnerships in London, Bournemouth, Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff.

The BSO runs the Bournemouth NOYO Ensemble, where we deliver monthly rehearsals, and support 1-2-1 lessons, for NOYO musicians playing a range of acoustic, electronic and accessible instruments.

Don’t miss our next National Open Youth Orchestra concert:

Saturday 18th May 2024 at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, 21 Kingland Road, Poole BH15 1UG

Click here for further information


Our NOYO programme in 2023/4 is generously supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust

and The Pointer Family Trust