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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.

RHYO is looking for new String and Clarinet players for 2019-20.

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

For young people studying and living outside Nottingham City, if we are unable to offer you an opportunity to play in RHYO, please contact Nottinghamshire Music Hub.

For more information on how to join RHYO, visit Info for New Members.

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:

RHYO ensembles take place on Saturday mornings at Nottingham College, Clarendon site from 9 am to 1 pm, except for StrOrkestra, which rehearses on Wednesday 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

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. Please note that RHYO Intermediate is funded to support young people studying or living within the Nottingham City boundaries and therefore, priority is given to these pupils. For young people living AND studying outside Nottingham City, you may find more music making opportunities with the county music hub: Inspire.

When & Where:

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

For any enquiries, please contact or call 0115 9476202.

RHYO Connect

RHYO Connect - Wind/Brass and RHYO Connect - Strings are weekly small groups 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 


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

Nottingham Academy, Sneinton Blvd - NG2 4GL

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 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.

We're happy to announce that now you can make payments online! Click button below. For further enquiries, please give us a call or email

If you haven't filled in your enrolment form for this year (2019-20), please do it now by clicking the link below.

Nottingham Music Hub