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.

With five training centres across the country, we run the Bournemouth centre with monthly training sessions and 1-2-1 lessons for NOYO musicians playing a range of acoustic and accessible music technology instruments.



Could the National Open Youth Orchestra be for you?  Ahead of applications opening 01-31 March 2023, everyone interested in applying is invited to watch an Open Rehearsal.  Find out where we rehearse, meet our Music Leaders and watch NOYO musicians in your region play – with a mix of acoustic and electronic instruments.


Join the Bournemouth NOYO Centre Open Rehearsal:

The Spire, Poole, BH15 1DF

  • Saturday 18th February, 1.00 – 2.30pm
  • Saturday 11th March, 1.00 – 2.30pm


IMPORTANT: To attend, please complete the Open Rehearsals registration form (the form also shows dates of Open Rehearsals at other NOYO Centres in February and March 2023).

Applications for an audition will open 01-31 March 2023 on the NOYO website.  Read the 2023-24 Applicant’s Information Pack for detailed information on what being in NOYO is all about, as well as the application and audition process.  The word ‘audition’ can sound scary, but NOYO auditions are relaxed – check it out!