Live performances

NYO 2020: From ‘Rise Up!’ to ‘lock down’  - 30 September 

At 7.00pm on 30 September, we are hosting an interactive, online concert, where audiences can take a trip through the music we have created in multitrack together during lockdown. Everyone who attends will join us to watch our first lockdown multitrack of the opening of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Holst’s Jupiter from The Planets, with the concert culminating in our most ambitious lockdown project, Errollyn Wallen’s Mighty River - but in true ‘choose your own adventure’ style, what you experience during the rest of the concert is determined by the choices you make, live, on the night. This online concert will start on NYO’s YouTube channel at 7.00pm on Wednesday 30 September.

Mighty River in concert - 29 October from 8.30pm on BBC Radio 3

We are delighted to be sharing a Mighty River of music at the Southbank Centre this October. Over lockdown, our musicians immersed themselves in learning more about the context and history of music by Black composers, and researched music by a wider range of compositional voices to share with others. A small group of our musicians will come together on 24 October to play Mighty River by Errollyn Wallen, and a selection of music they have learnt and loved over lockdown, live, in the Royal Festival Hall. The performance itself will take place on 24 October without an audience, and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 29 October from 8.30pm. We are really pleased to be joined by conductor and former-NYO bassist Kwamé Ryan, and musician and activist, Jermain Jackman,  for a special performance of Amazing Grace.



We are thrilled that two of our iconic archive BBC Proms performances will be broadcast by the BBC as part of the 2020 Proms season and an additional repeat of our 2018 Prom.


Sat 8 August, 1.00am  

BBC Radio 3George Benjamin conducts orchestral masterworks that include Debussy’s La Mer and Ligeti’s Lontano.


Sun 9 August, 7.30pm  

BBC FourSir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 8 (‘Symphony of a Thousand’) with massed choirs. 


Tue 11 August, 7.30pm

BBC Radio 3Vasily Petrenko conducts exciting music by Messiaen, Varèse, Nico Muhly and Anna Meredith.  



All broadcasts will be available to re-watch or listen for 30 days online via BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sounds app. 




Our community of young people want to educate themselves and raise their voices in support of racial equality, understanding there is work to be done, but knowing that as individual musicians playing their part in a collective orchestral whole, every person has the power and responsibility to make a difference. 
This summer, we are opening up the space for conversation, as NYO and NYO Inspire musicians prepare to take a deeper dive into music by Black composers, with the aim of exploring, learning and discovering music by a more diverse range of voices. 
As a musical starting point, we will rehearse and perform Mighty River by Belize-born British composer, Errollyn Wallen, a magnificent piece which explores the history of the slave trade in Britain, with spirituals and gospel music at its core. 
You can follow our activity and contribute at #NYOMightyRiver
We are sorry that we are unable to go ahead with the live performances we had planned this summer. We can’t wait to meet again as a full orchestra, and blow you away with what is sure to be an incredible and emotional return to live music performance. NYO and the whole cultural sector is eager to have Government guidance that will enable us to plan a clear and achievable timeline for live activity, but we are unable to do so at the moment. You can read our full statement here.  



Sharing musical joy in lockdown: #NYOdetoJoy 

Join us online, on your doorstep, on your radio from 16-18 April as we share music together and celebrate community. This year, NYO musicians are raising their voices behind causes that matter. And while the concert halls and schools are closed, we’re still on a mission, ready to share music and inspire others through performance and celebrate the power and potential of teenagers expressing themselves through music. 


On 16 April at 7.30pm, tune in to BBC Radio 3 to hear an archive recording of NYO performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the BBC Proms, as a musical statement of togetherness, friendship, community and joy. 

On 17 April at 5.00pm, every musician in the UK is invited to join in a truly national live performance from their doorsteps, on their balconies, or out their windows, playing as a socially distanced orchestra. Led by the 164 NYO musicians, we invite everyone to share a heartfelt performance of the 'Ode to Joy', dedicated to people who need it the most: our frontline NHS staff, key workers, isolated family members, or friends struggling with loneliness.
Find out more.

NYO musicians have been sharing video performances of the music that brings them the most joy through #NYOMusicalPostcards, as part of the Beyond Beethoven 9 digital festival.  


Sat 4 January 7.30pm

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Box Office 024 7652 4524
£19-£42 / £5 under 25s

Sun 5 January 7.00pm

Barbican, London
Box Office 020 7638 8891
£10-£27 / £5 under 25s

Mon 6 January 7.30pm

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Box Office 0115 989 5555
£11-£28 / £5 under 26s


Eisler Auf den Strassen zu singen
Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
Shostakovich Symphony No. 11, 'The Year 1905'

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Jaime Martín

NYO Come and Play
Develop your orchestral skills alongside NYO musicians in this fun pre-concert activity. For ages 13-19 playing at Grades 4-8 and above. Coventry and Nottingham only. This event is free but registration is essential. To sign up, email

NYO Teen Hangout

Discover the stories behind the music at this free pre-concert event for teenagers. Hosted by NYO Young Promoters. Starts one hour before the concert at all venues. Booking not required. 

The concert at the Barbican Centre will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 13 January, 7.30pm and will be available for 30 days.


Rise up! From protests to revolutions, the 20th Century saw momentous social change driven by passionate young people. So, come and join a movement; a mass action by a community of teenage musicians - the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers - brought together by their passion for music. The soundtrack? Immense musical calls to arms that defined an era.

Decadent and radical, 1920’s Berlin was a haven for subversive, left-wing artists. Among them was Hans Eisler, who took his music out of the concert hall and onto the streets, dissolving the divide between performer and audience with his stirring songs for the people. Taking their cue from workers marching out on strike, for this piece our musicians will be downing the tools of their trade and raising their voices, united in song.

Long before John Lennon, Bob Dylan and U2 made anti-war protest songs cool, Benjamin Britten wrote Sinfonia da Requiem. Its huge orchestral forces, apocalyptic drumrolls and pervasive sense of foreboding are a heart-on-sleeve warning of the war-time horrors that lie ahead.

Brutal and deadly, Russia’s 1905 revolution set in motion a chain of events that would change the country forever. Like a modern-day music producer Shostakovich weaves samples of old revolutionary songs into huge cinematic soundscapes and mixes cacophonous brass with pounding percussion into a startling critique of political oppression.





The survival of this musical community is particularly important at this time. NYO is a charity that means a lot to thousands of people across the UK, united by a love of music. We know music is more vital than ever before as we navigate this lockdown period, and our teenage musicians are so excited to rise to the challenge of sharing more music with you than ever before. If you feel able to support NYO financially to ensure we are able to continue sharing music more widely, and prepare for a joyful return to schools and concert halls around the country, we would be extremely grateful. Please donate to NYO here.   


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