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Young Sinfonia

About Young Sinfonia

  • Age 13-19
  • 22/23 Fee: £515
  • Bursaries are available
  • Recommended for intermediate to advanced players
  • Audition required

Young Sinfonia is a high quality youth orchestra with strong links to Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS). They have worked with many exciting conductors in the past few years, and recently appointed Helen Harrison as their new Music Director.  Young Sinfonia play a broad range of music, including works by young composers, performing in Sage One and across the region. They have engaged young audiences and communities, through RNS’ Classics4Kids concerts (providing instrument demonstrations and interacting with young audiences), creating their own OrKIDStra event, and performing at Age UK Gateshead.

Young Sinfonia currently meet on a project basis with intensive 2 or 3 day rehearsals helping them to bond musically and socially.


Our Young Musicians Programme is open to all children and young people, whatever their circumstances. We are keen to encourage applicants from the widest possible range of backgrounds and access a bursary where needed.

Here’s some more information about bursaries.

If you’d like to speak to someone, please email us at [email protected]

Application and Audition

For the last two years our audition process has been managed remotely and auditions were via video.  We will be doing this again for the 22/23 season.  It will involve you sending us a video, and we will send you detailed information if you are required to audition.

You can see a video on our standard in person audition process by visiting our Ask Us Anything page. 

Candidates will be asked to:

  • prepare two contrasting pieces to perform
  • perform a prepared sight reading – the links to the music are at the bottom of this page listed by instrument.

Young Sinfonia is a chamber orchestra and doesn’t usually require trombones, tubas, harps or other traditional symphonic instruments. However we may occasionally perform repertoire that does require them. If you would like to be considered on these occasions and for any other information about the programme please email [email protected]

Term Dates 21/22
Draft Term Dates 22/23

Prepared sight reading: