Rick Dior Science Fiction
John Adams Doctor Atomic Symphony
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Kirill Karabits

Stop the world I want to get off! Modern life assaults our senses with an anxiety-inducing barrage of colour and noise, information and distraction. But with brave, bold and brilliant playing the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers is ready to take it on through music that gives voice to our fears, helps us find hope and brings us together in joyful celebration.

And sometimes nothing works better than laughter to show us the absurdity of our fears. Rick Dior’s Science Fiction collects together a Pandora’s Box of classic sci-fi movie scenes, deposits them safely within the confines of the video screen and ties them up in weird and witty score of percussive beats and bendy electronics that will make you wonder what it was you were so afraid of after all.

Then on to a musical portrait of an iconic moment in history. John Adams' Dr Atomic Symphony pounds our ears with frantic music that captures the high drama and conflicting emotions experienced by the 'fathers of the atomic bomb' in the days leading up to the first bomb test.

And finally, something to restore inner peace. Sibelius described his Second Symphony as a ‘confession of the soul’, and while the music hints at dark thoughts, it’s stirring finale will wrap you in uplifting tunes, leaving you with hope and optimism. And we all need some of that.

Totally teenage orchestral brilliance. Come and hear it.


Fri 4 January 7.30pm

Warwick Arts CentreBox Office 024 7652 4524
£18.50-£41.50 / £5 under 25s

Sat 5 January 7.30pm

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

Mon 7 January 7.30pm

Royal Concert Hall, NottinghamBox Office 0115 989 5555
£10-£26.50 / £5 under 25s



Revueltas Sensemayá
Chávez Symphony No.2 (Sinfonía India)
Gershwin Piano Concerto
Copland Symphony No.3

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor
Xiayin Wang piano

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain is a phenomenon, and until you’ve heard 164 teenage players raising the roof of a concert hall, you don’t know what young musicians can do. The sound just knocks you backwards – and that’ll go double in two explosive Latin American masterpieces. Then they swing into Gershwin’s Piano Concerto, before Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto channels all that youthful energy into the passion, pride and pure optimism of Copland’s monumental Third Symphony. You’ll recognise its Fanfare for the Common Man – but believe us, there’s absolutely nothing commonplace about NYO!


Fri 12 April 7.30pm

Southbank Centre, LondonBox Office 020 3879 9555
£8-£22 / £5 under 25s

Sat 13 April 7.30pm

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office 0151 709 3789
£10-£27 / £5 under 25s

Sun 14 April 4.00pm

Symphony Hall, BirminghamBox Office 0121 780 3333
£12.50-£30 / £5 under 30s

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