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.




Beyond Beethoven 9

Teenagers coming together to share their love of music and create joyful performance: inspired by the themes of community and joy in Beethoven's masterwork, Symphony No. 9, musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain are bursting from the concert platform into schools and unexpected spaces across the UK. While half of NYO's 32 brass musicians will be rehearsing in Kent, the other half are heading to Cornwall for a week of rehearsals and community performances with local brass musicians, as well as taking their performances directly to schools as part of NYO Play the School, NYO's commitment to sharing orchestral music in schools with teenagers of all backgrounds.

They will be reunited with NYO's entire forces of 164 musicians and conductor Marin Alsop to fill London's Royal Festival Hall with music inspired by Beethoven: as well as big brass sounds, expect huge percussion ensembles, harp quartets, strings and wind ensembles, played in the foyer spaces around the Royal Festival Hall. Beethoven's music seen through teenage eyes will continue to be a theme throughout the year, as NYO take elements of their unique, youthful performance of Symphony No. 9 into schools across the country.

Thu 16 April 7.30pm

Southbank Centre, LondonBox Office 020 3879 9555

Sat 18 April 7.30pm

Southbank Centre, LondonBox Office 020 3879 9555


NYO Music Trail


16 April, 2.45pm & 18 April, 2.45pm
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2
Royal Festival Hall

Find joy in unexpected places in a musical expedition around Royal Festival Hall inspired by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Ode to Joy’. Join musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the NYO Young Promoters as they give you a musical tour around the building. Along the way, hear ensemble works and new compositions inspired by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and its themes of joy and community.

NYO Sessions


16 April, 5.00pm
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2
Royal Festival Hall

Experience an 'Ode to Joy' for the 21st Century as musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain share ensemble works inspired by themes of joy and community.

Come and Play

18 April, 11.30am
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2
Royal Festival Hall

Bring an instrument and get to know Beethoven's music with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at a workshop and informal public sharing. For musicians aged 8-19 and playing at Grade 3-8+. Free but pre-registration online is essential. To apply, click here

To discover Southbank Centre's full programme of pre and post-concert activities celebrating Beethoven's spirit of joy and community, click here.


Thu 6 Aug - 7.30pm

Saffron Hall, Saffron WaldenBox Office 0845 548 7650
£10-£25 / Free under 18s

Fri 7 Aug - 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, BirminghamBox Office 0121 780 3333
£12.50 - £28 / £5 under 30s


Programme to include:

John Adams Harmonielehre
Bernard Herrmann Vertigo Suite
Danny Elfman New Work

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 
Elim Chan



Musical showman Danny Elfman, the creative maverick behind the sound worlds of Batman, The Simpsons and Edward Scissorhands, is making his mark on the classical world: following his Violin Concerto ‘Eleven Eleven’ and a Piano Quartet, he’s now bringing his first ever symphonic work to life with a bang, pairing his distinctive musical energy with the tremendous forces of the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers, the 164 musicians of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Prepare yourself for the wild and sublime, injected with a healthy dose of teenage energy, and guaranteed to raise the roof.


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