Meet our musicians

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What's it like to be part of the National Orchestra for All?

"NOFA has driven me in a direction I thought I’d never explore, inspiring me to pursuit orchestral performance and a degree in Music. If the experience doesn’t go as far as impacting their career choices, it will still certainly build their social skills and prove to be an enjoyable journey."

We speak to five members of our National Orchestra for All to find out what it's like to be part of this unique ensemble. Read more!


Jake and Elliott

“NOFA definitely pulled me out of my comfort zone and I now feel able to speak openly and confidently to others. I always feel valued as a musician and know my contribution matters.”



“I hope I continue to be re-nominated for NOFA till I'm old enough to volunteer as a chaperone as a grown up. I never want to leave the NOFA family!”



“After I have finished school I would like to be a vet but my violin will still be a big part of my life. I love playing violin because of the huge range of sounds you can get from it; it can be a percussion instrument one minute to a guitar the next.”



“The concerts are always moving for us as parents, seeing our boy as part of this group is so encouraging, but bigger than this, it’s joyful to see so many young people enjoying music and creating something special together.”



“Music is immensely important to me! I think it is such a positive thing and I wish more people had access to it”

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"Friends and family noticed a huge difference in him after his time with NOFA. He stood taller and talked to people about the concert and the course."


"As much as being part of the orchestra has taught me a great deal musically, I believe it has been most beneficial to me as a person."



Ben is 12 years old. He is from Raploch, Stirling – one of the most deprived areas of Scotland. Ben cherishes the new opportunities NOFA has given him – traveling outside of Raploch, visiting new places and meeting new people from across the UK.

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"One word: confidence. I’m just much more confident as a person directly because of NOFA."


"I have wanted to come back every single year because of the thrill and adrenaline pumping feeling I get from the end of course concert."


"It’s not so much 'Get this right' as 'Let's work together and get it right'."


"I learned how to be confident, committed, focused and dedicated."