Norfolk County Youth Orchestra has provided musical opportunities for young people since1959.

NCYO is a full symphony orchestra, performing three concerts each year. The Orchestra is made up of young players aged from 11 to 21 – all talented musicians from Norfolk schools.  In 2018 the Orchestra took up residence within the OPEN Youth Trust.

The orchestra has 6 day-rehearsals each year and residential courses in October and April. NCYO gives both full orchestral concerts and performances by smaller chamber music ensembles. More than half of NCYO also attend the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians (NCYM) which is a division of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and players are tutored by professional musicians and conductors.

NCYO has visited Austria, Germany and France and recent concerts include performances of the Dvorak Piano Concerto with Stephen Hough CBE, Elgar Cello concerto with Irena Josifoska (winner, most promising Serbian musician) and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano concerto with Peter Donohoe CBE.

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra offers a unique opportunity for Norfolk’s young musicians to enjoy performing music of the highest quality. The resident conductor of NCYO is Andrew Morley who has overseen continued success and critical acclaim for the orchestra over the last 8 years. NCYO players also have the opportunity to apply to the Triorca project, an international youth orchestra open to musicians from Norfolk, England; Koblenz, Germany and Novi Sad, Serbia. The artistic director and conductor of Triorca is Nicholas Daniel, winner off the Queens medal for music.

NCYO players take pride in their performance and acquire important life skills of team building, leadership, time management and self-confidence. Membership of NCYO is based on ability and many young players go on to very successful careers as professionals.

The Orchestra is led by Juliet Rickard and supported by: 

  • Andy Morley, Paul Warburton and Nick Daniel (Tutors and Conductors)
  • NCYM, a division of the Guildhall School of Music
  • Friends of NCYO
  • OPEN Youth Trust
  • Norfolk Intermediate Youth Orchestra
  • Triorca Orchestra

Contact: Juliet Rickard, Director  07786 122374

Address: OPEN, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF

NCYO is looking for new players for 2019-20.  To download your application form please click here. Then scan and return either via email to or post to NCYO, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich NR2 4SF

You can find details of the NYCO rehearsal schedule for 2019-20 here.


Friends of Norfolk County Youth Orchestra

It is important that no talented player is excluded because of financial circumstances, to which end The Friends of NCYO work to raise funds for the orchestra and all its members. 

Read the latest news from the Friends here

Patrons: Caroline Jarrold, Nicholas Daniel, Louis de Bernières, Lady MacGregor, Kip Bertram, Sally Wortley.

Photos by: Simon Finlay Photography