Music Groups & Events

National Open Youth Orchestra: Birmingham

The National Open Youth Orchestra rehearsing at the Residential in April 2021

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, supporting 11-25 year old disabled and non-disabled musicians to rehearse and perform together as members of a pioneering inclusive ensemble.

MAC Makes Music is proud to be a partner of the orchestra.

What Fear We Then?

"What Fear We Then?" by Alexander Campkin was co-commissioned with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Filmed during the covid restrictions of 2021, this music video by award-winning director Justin Edgar showcases the potential of 26 young musicians - disabled and non-disabled members of NOYO. Each musician was recorded playing live to create this unique film.

Midlands Arts Centre, partnered with B:Music and Services For Education, run the Birmingham Centre of the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) hosting 10 rehearsals per year at MAC and Symphony Hall,as well as offering inidivudal tuition for NOYO musicians.