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The National Youth Guitar Ensemble

The National Youth Guitar Ensembles (NYGE) gives aspiring and gifted young classical guitarists the unrivalled opportunity to be inspired and trained throughout the year by world-class tutors.  So why should you join?

As non-orchestral instrumentalists, it can be extremely difficult for guitarists to get involved with any form of ensemble playing, especially at a higher level: in many areas of the country there is no provision at all for classical guitar. NYGE aims to nurture the new generation of guitarists.

Learning in an ensemble environment is one of the most effective ways to develop those vital skills that orchestral instrumentalists learn as a matter of course: pulse, rhythm and sight-reading.

What can NYGE give me that I don’t get from my lessons?

NYGE doesn’t replace your lessons, in fact it  provides another dimension to your playing experiences and develops new musicianship skills that you don’t get from solo training. Many teachers refer students to NYGE so they can experience the benefits of playing as an ensemble.

Musicianship opportunities 

Learn conductor watching skills that instruct you how to phrase and shape the music.  Develop group rhythm, learn to articulate the music whilst incorporating orchestral dynamics and balance. Transform from a solo player into a more rounded musician.

Social opportunities

The benefits of joining a training orchestra is not limited to music. Many students find making new friends easy, they have lots in common already and look forward to seeing each other each month at rehearsals and at the two annual residentials.

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