WINTER 2019

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

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Kirill Karabits
conductor

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' Doctor 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 7.00pm

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

SPRING 2019

 

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

This spring experience a united force of brilliantly talented and fiercely passionate young musicians – the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers, in fact – come together under the baton of Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto to extend the hand of friendship across the Mexican-US border, celebrating the power of music to build bridges. 
 
Silvestre Ruvueltas’s Sensemayá is based on an Afro-Cuban poem depicting the sacrifice of a snake. Feel the tension build as ritualistic percussion pounds out the poem’s chant ‘Mayombé-bombé-mayombé!’ and frenzied brass wail in thrilling anticipation of an epic battle between man and beast. 
 
Lightening the mood, Chavez’s Sinfonia India is bursting with the spirit of Mexico. Based on a series of folk themes that are joyous one moment and romantically lyrical the next,  it will whisk you away in a lively whirlwind of pure, unadulterated fun. 
 
Then imagine Broadway lights twinkling and strains of jazz and blues carried on the night air from dark bars as Gershwin’s Piano Concerto sets you down in the flashy glamour of 1920s New York in a heady mix of glitzy, jaunty tunes.
 
And finally, to ‘the great American Symphony’: Aaron Copland’s show-stopping Symphony No 3. Its soaring, expansive melodies are filled with promise and the spine-tingling euphoria of its finale, based on his Fanfare for the Common Man, will leave you feeling certain that the future is bright.  

Totally teenage orchestral brilliance. Come and hear it.

 

Fri 12 April 7.30pm

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

Sat 13 April 7.30pm

Liverpool Philharmonic HallBox 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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