Robin Hood Youth Orchestra family


Robin Hood Youth Orchestra

Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (RHYO) is the flagship orchestra for Nottingham Music Service. It 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 at the Young Hustler's Festival at Nottingham Contemporary
  • 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.

RHYO is thrilled to be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Nottingham's twin city relationship with Karlsruhe (and their upcoming trip to Germany!)

RHYO is looking for new players for the academic year 2019-20 starting this September! If you're at grade 4+ and would like to be part of an incredible, exciting and fun youth orchestra, get in touch! We are especially on the look out for clarinets, saxophones, violin, viola, cello and percussion. Read below to find out more about Nottingham City's brilliant orchestra or send us an email!


RHYO includes two sub-ensembles:

RHYO 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.

Who It's For:

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

When & Where:

From September 2018, RHYO ensembles will take place on Saturday mornings at Nottingham College, Clarendon site from 9 am to 1 pm, except for StrOrkestra, which rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm at College Street Centre (map & directions given in RHYO Connect section).

How to Get Here:

Nottingham College, Clarendon Campus - NG5 1AL

  • Car: Nottingham College, Clarendon can be accessed directly from the A60, Mansfield Road
  • Tram: The college is a 10 minute walk from the Forest tram stop
  • Bus: From Nottingham City Centre take Nottingham City Transport's Brown, Lime or Purple line

Supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

We are delighted to announce that the esteemed Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has given us funding to support the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra for 2018-19. We are grateful for their support and are VERY excited about all the RHYO activities coming up in the next academic year. Click here to read more about the incredible Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

RHYO Intermediate

RHYO Intermediate is our training orchestra and the perfect stepping stone to RHYO. It is suitable for students who have taken a grade exam/music medal through the city exam strategy

Who It's For:

9-14 year old students who can play at around grade 1 - 4 Level.

When & Where:

RHYO Intermediate practices on Saturday mornings at Nottingham College, Clarendon site from 9 am to 11 am. See map & directions above.

Supported by the Ernest Cook Trust:

We're happy to announce we have received funding from the wonderful Ernest Cook Trust to support the teaching costs of RHYO Intermediate for 2018-19.

RHYO Connect

RHYO Connect - Wind/Brass and RHYO Connect - Strings are weekly ensembles for young people who have just gained their grade 1, and are excited to play more music. Both offer small group tuition, and the size of the group depends on the number of current participants. Like all other RHYO ensembles, Connect gets the opportunity to perform throughout the year, including at professional venues like the Albert Hall.

Who It's For:

9-13 year old pupils who have gained their Grade 1 exam

When & Where:

RHYO Connect (Wind/Brass) meets at the College Street Centre on Mondays from 4 pm to 5:30 pm

RHYO Connect (Strings) meets at Nottingham Academy, Sneinton Boulevard on Tuesdays from 3:45 pm to 4:30 pm

How to Get Here:

College Street Centre, College Street - NG1 5AQ Nottingham Academy, Sneinton Blvd - NG2 4GL

Nearest Bus Stops for College Street Centre: Cathedral, Tollhouse Hill, Maid Marian Way

For Nottingham Academy (Sneinton), take the Red Line 43, 44 from City Centre

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 RHYO ensemble.

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

For further enquiries, please give us a call or email

Being in NMS has helped unlock my love for music and subsequently more of who I am as a person.

Danny, RHYO participant

For more information on any of the RHYO family of ensembles, please email us at

Nottingham Music Hub