Robin Hood Youth Orchestra


Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (RHYO) is the flagship orchestra for Nottingham Music Hub. Funded for Nottingham City teenagers, RHYO is an exciting, evolving ensemble that plays a diverse range of musical styles.

RHYO participates in cultural events and festivals around Nottingham, contributing to the musical life of our great city. Some of their recent adventures include:

  • Performance in Germany along with the Karlsruhe youth orchestra Jugendorchester Stadt Karlsruhe
  • Performance at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall to over 2,000 people
  • Underground performance in the famous Peak Cavern in Buxton

RHYO has a partnership with the Robin Hood Orchestra as well as youth orchestras from Karlsruhe and Halle, giving young musicians the chance to travel, rehearse and perform with excellent musicians across Europe.

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, at present RHYO is having online rehearsals.

Take a look at what RHYO have been working on during the lockdown - Kopanica and Into The Unknown

RHYO includes two sub-ensembles:

StrOrkestra, which is the additional string ensemble for RHYO.

Jazz Squad, which is a student-led Jazz ensemble that performs music from Jazz standards to TV/Film themes.

Currently StrOrkestra and Jazz Squad are on hold while the Covid-19 restrictions are in place. We hope to have them up and running as soon as possible!

Who It's For:

11-19 year old students who can play their instruments from around grade 4 to diploma standard.

When & Where:

RHYO takes place on Saturday mornings from 9 am- 1 pm. They are currently holding online sessions on a weekly basis, but hope to return to in-person rehearsals as soon as possible.

New Members

We would love to welcome new members to RHYO, if you are interested in joining please complete the enquiry form below.

Generally, we have an informal audition process for new members, after your initial enquiry you may be invited for an audition where you will be asked to play a piece of your choice, and play a piece of our own orchestral music to demonstrate sight reading. Please note that the second part if nor necessarily a deciding factor on whether you are offered a place in the Orchestra.

If you are offered a place in the orchestra, you will then start a four week trial so that the tutors can assess how well you are adjusting in the orchestra, while at the same time this gives you an opportunity to see if you like being part of RHYO. At the end of the four week trial, if all parties are happy, then you can enrol fully and your parents/carers will be required to pay the annual membership fee.

Please note that due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we will be holding all sessions online, including any auditions. For more information on this, please contact

Please note that RHYO is funded to support young people studying or living within the Nottingham City boundaries and therefore, priority is always given to these pupils.

If you live and study outside Nottingham City, you may still apply, however please note that we may be unable to offer you an opportunity to play in RHYO. In this case, please contact Nottinghamshire Music Hub, the county music hub, which may have more music making opportunities available.

Click here to complete the online enrolment form and pay the ensemble fee

RHYO Ensemble Fees

For young people living or studying in the city, the annual cost of joining any RHYO ensemble is £48 (£11 concessions). Please note that you only have to pay one annual fee but can be part of more than one Music Hub ensemble.

For young people living AND studying in the county, please note that the annual cost of joining a RHYO ensemble is £90.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss alternative payment options

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