The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is committed to the development of New Zealand’s young orchestral musicians through the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.

Since its inception in 1959, the National Youth Orchestra has played a vital role in providing unique opportunities for the country’s young orchestral performers, many of whom have gone on to forge successful careers as orchestral players, soloists, chamber musicians and teachers. Approximately 50% of the current players in the NZSO are former members of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.

This year, NYO is comprised of two programmes consisting of an NZSO/NYO Side by Side rendering of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 in C major and NYO Composer in Residence Ihlara McIndoe’s new piece, led by kiwi conductor, Gemma New.  2021 also includes a thrilling contemporary programme curated by NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence, Hamish McKeich, and conducted by our NZSO Fellowship in Conducting students.

NYO will run from 10am, 27 June until 5pm, 4 July, and 11am, 9 July until 5pm, 11 July.


NZSO Side by Side Orchestra Programme
Ihlara McIndoe: NZSO National Youth Composer in Residence 2021
Shostakovich: No. 7 in C major Leningrad

Auckland – Sunday 4 July / 2:00pm / Auckland Town Hall
Wellington –  Sunday 11 July / 2:00pm / Michael Fowler Centre

NYO Classical Contemporary Programme
Programme to be announced

Auckland – Saturday 3 July / 4:30pm / Auckland Town Hall
Wellington – Saturday 10 July / 4:30pm / Michael Fowler Centre