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Harriet Clifford

National Schools Symphony Orchestra opens for 2021

2:55, 4th February 2021

The residential courses for 8- to 17-year-olds are set to go ahead at Malvern College this July, including three orchestras, a conducting course and a newly launched Big Band. 

Running from 8 – 18 July, the National Schools Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) courses will be shorter than usual and there will be fewer people on-site to ensure socially distanced rehearsals and performances. 

Aspiring participants can audition for NSSO Philharmonic, NSSO Sinfonia, NSSO Academy, NSSO Big Band, or NSSO Conducting Course, the course dates for which vary. 

Auditions are currently open and are being held online, with prospective participants advised to apply early to avoid disappointment. Bursaries worth up to 50% of the course fee are available. 

John Madden, NSSO artistic director, said: ‘It is imperative that NSSO continues to provide high-quality tuition and ensemble playing opportunities for talented young musicians, not least to support the future of the UK music industry. 

‘With the 2021 courses, we intend to do just that, whilst celebrating the centenaries of Saint-Saens and Malcolm Arnold. We are also developing more regular non-residential events to support schools in the immediate areas of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.’

In response to the pandemic, NSSO hosted Project Sunrise, followed by a Digital Celebration in August 2020. 

Visit www.nsso.org to apply for the summer residential course. 

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