The National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) is a world first, an ambitious orchestra launched in September 2018 to give some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians a progression route. It promotes musical excellence, empowering disabled and non-disabled musicians aged 11-25 to rehearse and perform together as members of a pioneering ensemble.
Some of the National Open Youth Orchestra musicians play acoustic instruments; others, electronic instruments like the Clarion, which can be played with the movement of any part of the body including the eyes.
There are currently four NOYO Centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth and London, where young disabled and non-disabled musicians meet once a month to rehearse together in separate regional groups. The full National Open Youth Orchestra meets once a year each April for a residential, before performing a series of summer concerts.
Midlands Arts Centre, partnered with B:Music and Services For Education, have recently announced a major partnership with the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO). Together, they will act as the Birmingham NOYO Centre with rehearsals commencing in September 2021.