WINTER 2020

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
 conductor

NYO Come and Play
Free
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 inspire@nyo.org.uk.

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. 

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.

 

 

SPRING 2020

Update: Sharing Musical Joy in Lockdown

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.

 

SUMMER 2020

We are sorry to share the news that we are unable to go ahead with the live performances we had planned this summer. 

During lockdown, NYO musicians have shown their generosity of spirit, their dedication to incredible music-making, and their willingness to adapt in the face of challenges. We can’t wait to meet again as a full orchestra, and blow you away with what is sure to be an incredible and emotional return to live music performance. However, even as the lockdown restrictions gradually lift, our partners have gradually stepped away, unable to open to host us in residency or live performance and we are not in a position to make something live happen this summer. We are very sad and sorry to cancel the summer rehearsals and tour. NYO and the whole cultural sector is eager to have Government guidance that will enable us to plan a clear and achievable timeline for live activity, but we are unable to do so at the moment. 

 

In place of our summer performances, we will invite our musicians to come together digitally for a special project to mark the end of our musical year.  We will be consulting our community of teenage musicians to make sure this is something musically exciting and innovative. 

 

You can read our full statement and update on our summer activity and beyond here. 

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