Enquiries/About Us



Theatre & Festival Bookings,TV, Radio & Media, Corporate & Private Bookings:
Jamie Cordell, Chairman NYHO Tel: +44 (0) 7710 643861, Email  info@nyho.org.uk

To join the Ensemble mailing list:
Email : info@nyho.org.uk



Unique in Europe, the National Youth Harp Orchestra, formerly known as the International Harp Ensemble, offers an incomparable opportunity to experience the timeless fascination of the harp. Founded by award-winning solo harpist Luisa-Maria Cordell in 2001 as the International Harp Ensemble and renamed  the National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain in September 2014,  now numbers 33 harpists of all ages. All are dedicated to bringing ‘the magic of a thousand strings’ to a wider public.

“My object in founding the Orchestra was to bring this magical and mysterious instrument ‘out of the closet’ and to make it available to a wider audience,” explains Luisa-Maria. “I wanted to show the instrument in all its variety. Our repertoire is firmly grounded in the best traditions of classical harpistry, but we also have a modern side. Coldplay and the theme to The Pink Panther feature on our set list alongside Debussy and Ortiz.”

Renowned international harpist Marisa Robles has spoken of the “simply beautiful and passionate playing” of the Orchestra. Isabel Buxton, a producer for BBC TV’s Blue Peter, on which the National Youth Harp Orchestra appeared in its 2007 Christmas Special as the International Harp Ensemble, echoes her sentiments: “The performance was a truly magical highlight of our Christmas show and the skill and professionalism that the children displayed in a pressured live studio environment was superb.”

The National Youth Harp Orchestra tours widely both in the United Kingdom and abroad, and has delighted audiences at venues as varied as Cadogan Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Guildford Cathedral, Farnham Maltings, Leicester Picture Gallery, St Asaph’s Cathedral (Wales), Ghent Cathedral (Belgium), Faro Conservatoire (Portugal) and the Jardin du Luxembourg (Paris).  In 2014 they toured in The Netherlands and featured in a recoding by Stichting PiM TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnqOaxOGCuo#t=3814 

The following year they played at a reception at The British Embassy in Washington for the Clinton Family.  Most recent tours have been to Hungary and Italy.

Besides touring, appearing on TV and radio and participating in specialist harp symposia, the National Youth Harp Orchestra takes pleasure in setting new records. In 2006, Luisa-Maria’s harpists joined forces with harpists from Wales to create the largest ensemble ever to perform in a Welsh Castle. The following year, the Ensemble chalked up another historic first by performing at the top of La Grand Arche in Paris, the signature building of the modernistic La Défense area of the city.

The National Youth Harp Orchestra’s interests are rounded off by numerous
fund-raising activities in support of charities such a Cancer Research, Meningitis Research and Leukaemia Research, for which the group has raised thousands of pounds.

2 Responses to Enquiries/About Us

  1. Fay Knight says:

    Please can you advise if you have deadlines to apply for the NHYO for 2019.

  2. Jamie Cordell says:

    Dear Fay

    Many thanks for your message. Application forms will be posted on our website in May ready for 2018/19 intake. However, we will see other candidates during the year if requested. If you are interested, please could you email us directly info@nyho.org.uk with more details of your age, experience, and approximate playing level and we will be in touch with you by return.

    Kind regards


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