WINTER 2019

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

 

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

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Kirill Karabits
conductor

NYO Come and Play
4.15pm, Free

Develop your orchestral skills alongside NYO musicians in this fun pre-concert workshop. For ages 13-19 playing at grades 4-8 and above. Coventry and Nottingham only. Registration essential. 
(If you're a musician from Solihull, Warwickshire or Coventry you will be invited to participate in additional activity with your music services from 10.30am).

NYO Teen Hangout
Free

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. 

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 14 January, 7.30pm and will be available for 30 days.

 

 



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 a 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.

 

SPRING 2019

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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

 

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

NYO Teen Hangout
Free

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. 

 

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.

 

SUMMER 2019

Thu 25 Jul 7.30pm

Victoria Hall, HanleyBox Office 01782 206 000
£10-£45 / £5 under 18s

Fri 26 Jul 7.30pm

Saffron HallBox Office 0845 548 7650
£10-£45 / £5 under 18s

Sat 27 Jul 7.30pm

BBC Proms, Royal Albert HallBox Office 020 7070 4441
£9.50-£52 

 

 

Thu 1 Aug 8.00pm

Konzerthaus BerlinBox Office 030 20 30 9 2101
€18.70-€31.90

 

 

 

 

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Lera Auerbach Icarus

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Mark Wigglesworth
 conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin

NYO Teen Hangout
Free, 6.30pm

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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 Saffron Hall only. Booking not required. 

NYO Come and Play 
4.15pm, Free

Develop your orchestral skills alongside NYO musicians in this fun pre-concert workshop. For ages 13-19 playing at grades 4-8 and above. Saffron Hall only. This event is free but registration is essential and applications will open online in May.

 

NYO performance at the BBC Proms on Saturday 27 July, 7.30pm will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. 

It will also be broadcast on BBC Four television the following day, Sunday 28 July.

NYO performance at the Konzerthaus Berlin, as part of Young Euro Classic, on Thursday 1 August, 8.00pm, will be broadcast by national German radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur. It will also be streamed live on arteconcert.com. 

Love, desire, ambition, optimism, rebellion, angst and tragedy – the desperate frustrations, euphoric joys and limitless dreams of youth are all here in this concert brought to you by the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers.

Romeo and Juliet is a story of love and two young people who dared to dream that things could be different. Prokofiev’s ballet score is packed with more great tunes than a Spotify playlist, allowing our extraordinary musicians to display their awesome might in the grand Montagues and Capulets theme and their thoughtful sensitivity in the delicate dances and lyrical laments. 

Unashamedly dramatic and filled with extravagant gestures, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is the kind of music you put on repeat when you want to rage at the world or mend a broken heart. The soloist is Nicola Benedetti who effortlessly combines the breath-taking playing of a genuine superstar with being a down-to-Earth role-model for a generation of ambitious teenage violinists. 

And finally, a cautionary tale for teenage boundary-pushers everywhere. Lena Auerbach’s eerie tone poem is fifteen minutes of almost unbearable, watch-through-your-fingers tension as Icarus soars towards the sun and his inevitable death. But our determined and ambitious teenagers allow us to experience these stories and come through the other side, changed and uplifted by the experience we’ve shared together through music.

Totally teenage orchestral brilliance. Come and hear it.

 

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