Mon 4 Jan 7.00pm

Barbican, London
Box Office 020 7638 8891
£10-£27 / £5 under 25s

Gabriella Smith Field Guide
Adam Schoenberg Losing Earth
Strauss Alpine Symphony

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 
Cristian M
ăcelaru conductor


In this varied and passionate programme, NYO uses music to share their concerns for the fate of the natural world. In Gabriella Smith's Field Guide, the musicians transform to become a carpet of insects filling the concert hall, before voicing their fears for our environmental future through Adam Schoenberg's vibrant percussion concerto, Losing Earth.

The concert concludes with a journey up a mountain in musical form, Richard Strauss's Alpine Symphony, a love letter to the natural world as it was in 1915. But NYO's teenagers, just over 100 years later, live in a starkly different world, where climate change threatens life as we know it: how do we hear this music in 2021, performed by the young people who carry the burden of our environmental future on their shoulders?



Sat 17 Apr 7.30pm

Southbank Centre, LondonBox Office 020 3879 9555

Gabriela Ortiz Téenek - Invenciones de Territorio
John Harle Briggflatts for soprano saxophone & orchestra
Walton Symphony No.1

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Jess Gillam Saxophone


Blooming with youthful energy, the world's greatest orchestra of teenagers and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto present works including William Walton’s explosive Symphony No. 1. Often considered to be the composer’s finest work, the symphony is characterised by intense anguish and melancholy in its first three movements, a mood that is swept away by an exultant finale.

NYO's characteristic teenage brilliance is brought to life through a joyful collaboration with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. The conductor is known for his ability to bring young people together in life-affirming, boundary-pushing performances, reimagining even the best-known orchestral works with a fresh, teenage spirit.


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