OPEN UP: Free Spirits

Danny Elfman Wunderkammer (world premiere tour)
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (orch. Grofé)
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé

Simone Dinnerstein piano
Andrew Gourlay conductor
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

 Feel the sound, free your spirit! Join us for a fearless performance by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with conductor Andrew Gourlay, where hundreds of teenagers passionately share their love of music

NYO’s musicians invite you into the stratospheric sound world of Danny Elfman, as they premiere a new work written especially for them by the Hollywood legend, before taking flight with Gershwin's electrifying, jazz-inspired 'Rhapsody in Blue' with soloist, Simone Dinnerstein.

‘I think and feel in sounds,’ said Maurice Ravel. So, when he wrote his ballet Daphnis and Chloe, he created a sumptuous soundscape in which you can feel every fluttering heartbeat, every stolen glance, and the flickers of first love.

Expect an exhilarating and boundary-breaking experience as NYO radiates exuberance and vitality, and frees your spirit!

3 Aug - 7.30pm

Manchester: Bridgewater HallBox Office 0161 907 9000

5th Aug - 7.00pm

Saffron Walden: Saffron Hall
Box Office 0845 548 7650

6th Aug - 7.30pm

London: BBC PromsBox Office 020 7070 4441




Southbank Centre, London

Gabriela Ortiz – Téenek — Invenciones de Territorio 
Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring 
Dinuk Wijeratne – Concerto for Tabla & Orchestra 

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Carlos Miguel Prieto

Boundaries? What boundaries! Join us for a riotous performance with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, where hundreds of musicians radiate beyond the concert platform to champion music that matters to them right now.

Taking inspiration from Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring which shocked audiences with its urgent drama and radical rhythms, NYO’s teenagers are preparing to push boundaries and team up with composers who are celebrating difference and diversity right now.

Dinuk Wijeratne’s spectacular Tabla Concerto is a pioneering work of musical fusion. Together with the charismatic soloist Sandeep Das the orchestra will draw you into an evocative world where cultures have no barriers. Téenek by Gabriela Ortiz is a provocative reminder of our mutual belonging to the world and each other, in music fizzing with elements of classical, folk and jazz.

Come and join NYO’s irrepressible teenagers for a performance bursting with spirit and energy.



Sat 23 Apr 7.30pm

Southbank Centre, LondonBox Office 020 3879 9555
£8-£22 / Free for teens



In 2022 and beyond, NYO is on a mission to work alongside teenage musicians to open up orchestral music and share it with young people across the UK. Expect playing in the aisles, riotous music from a range of genre-bending composers young and old, and an inclusive, celebratory atmosphere designed to make everyone feel welcome, whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned concert-goer.


In the winter, we celebrate the opportunity to open up to concert hall audiences with two orchestras, and conductors Sian Edwards and Andrew Gourlay, playing music from this repertoire that embodies freedom and release, connecting with dance genres. 




Barbican, London

Ravel La Valse
Dani Howard Coalescence
Karim Al-Zand City Scenes (Three Urban Dances)
Conducted by NYO's Associate Conductor,
Lee Reynolds
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Sian Edwards


Warwick Arts Centre

Thomas Adès Dawn (Chacony for orchestra at any distance)
Gabriela Lena Frank Three Latin American Dances
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Andrew Gourlay conductor

It's time to get connected!

Join us in this boundary-breaking performance as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain open up the music they love to audiences across the UK, packed with pulsing dance rhythms and a feeling of freedom and release.

Expect a burst of youthful energy and an inclusive, inspiring concert experience as we kick off 2022 with a bang.



The concert at the Barbican Centre will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 22
February in Radio 3 in Concert at 7.30pm and will be available for 30 days on BBC Sounds.





Mon 3 Jan 7.00pm

Barbican, LondonBox Office 020 7638 8891
£10-£27 / Free for teens

Fri 7 Jan 7.30pm

Warwick Arts Centre, CoventryBox Office 024 7652 4524

£14-£27 / Free for teens*


*To book your online free ticket for this concert, please add the promo code NYTEEN22 after selecting your seats.

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