A brief introduction to the NSSO

For over a quarter of a century, The National Schools Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) has provided residential orchestral courses of the highest quality for talented young players.

NSSO was originally established to offer a continuation orchestra for the IAPS Music Courses and a bridge between school or county youth orchestras and the NYO. It has since grown into a leading national provider of orchestral courses in its own right, with three orchestras offering progression across the age and ability range.

The cornerstone of our success is certainly the unique experience we create. Our courses include dedicated section coaching by leading professionals and performances led by internationally acclaimed conductors. Our pastoral team creates a safe and family-like atmosphere on the beautiful Malvern College campus whilst a comprehensive social and sporting programme complements the musical schedule and the final concerts. Our ethos is very much aligned with the underlying Malvern qualities, so participants feel cared for, nurtured, and inspired.

A spectacular location

Malvern College has been the permanent home for NSSO since 2016 and the continued collaboration assures the future and guarantees the continued quality of experience, both musically and socially, for all participants. The College is one of England’s great independent schools, located in a glorious setting on the slopes of the Malvern Hills. It has a rich and distinguished history yet looks to the future in seeking to develop outstanding young people with the skills, resilience and initiative to flourish in a rapidly changing global market-place. Easily accessed by rail and road, yet safely tucked away from the hustle and bustle of major cities our participants can enjoy over 250 acres of grounds, accommodation in traditional boarding houses, excellent rehearsal and performance spaces, nutritious onsite catering and the use of first-class sports and leisure facilities – making the NSSO experience a truly unique and enriching one.

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If you have an enquiry about any aspect of NSSO please feel free to get in touch:

NSSO, Malvern College, College Road, Malvern, WR14 3DF

T: 01684 581640 // 01684 581616

E: hello@nsso.org

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