National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Zoë Kundu (Y13) has successfully auditioned for a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO).


This is an extraordinary accomplishment. Over 720 musicians from across the UK applied, all playing at Grade 8 Distinction standard, and were assessed by some of the UK’s very best orchestral tutors. Only 164 were offered a place. NYO is the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers. We were founded in 1948. We were awarded The Queen’s Medal for Music 2012, in acknowledgement of the world-class standards of our orchestra, and the long-standing contribution we have made to classical music in this country, and national life. In 2017 the orchestra was awarded the RPS Ensemble Award, the UK’s highest classical music accolade.


As well as attaining the highest levels of brilliance in orchestral performance, NYO challenges its teenage musicians to engage in all kinds of other musical and extra-musical activity. All NYO Musicians take a leadership role within the NYO Inspire programme, by sharing their musical skills to help other teenager musicians develop or introduce them to classical music. Being part of NYO requires a very high level of commitment on the part of teenage musicians, a challenge which we know Zoe will rise to. Needless to say, we are extremely proud of her outstanding achievement.