Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Box Office 024 7652 4524
£19-£42 / £5 under 25s
Box Office 020 7638 8891
£10-£27 / £5 under 25s
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 conductor
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Join us online, on your doorstep, on your radio from 16th-18th April as we share music together and celebrate community.
This year, NYO musicians are raising their voices behind causes that matter: in January, they came together to 'Rise up!', and the power and potential of teenagers expressing themselves through music shone through on the concert platform.
And while the concert halls and schools are closed, NYO's musicians are still on a mission, ready to share music and inspire others through performance:
On 16th April at 7.30pm, tune in to BBC Radio 3 to hear an archive recording of NYO performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the BBC Proms, as a musical statement of togetherness, friendship, community and joy
On 17th April at 5pm, every musician in the UK is invited to join in a truly national live performance from their doorsteps, on their balconies, or out their windows, playing as a socially distanced orchestra. Led by the 164 NYO musicians, we invite everyone to share a heartfelt performance of the 'Ode to Joy', dedicated to people who need it the most: our frontline NHS staff, key workers, isolated family members, or friends struggling with loneliness.
On 18th April in partnership with the Southbank Centre, NYO musicians are sharing video performances of the music that brings them the most joy, and connects with the most people, in response to a call out from conductor Marin Alsop, as part of the Beyond Beethoven 9 digital festival. These will be shared online by NYO and by the Southbank Centre.
The survival of this musical community is particularly important at this time. NYO is a charity that means a lot to thousands of people across the UK, united by a love of music. We know music is more vital than ever before as we navigate this lockdown period, and our teenage musicians are so excited to rise to the challenge of sharing more music with you than ever before. If you feel able to support NYO financially to ensure we are able to continue sharing music more widely, and prepare for a joyful return to schools and concert halls around the country, we would be extremely grateful. Please donate to NYO here.
Saffron Hall, Saffron WaldenBox Office 0845 548 7650
£10-£25 / Free under 18s
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 conductor
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.