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Dates for your diary! Two iconic archive NYO performances at the BBC Proms will be broadcast as part of the 2020 Proms season this summer, along with an additional repeat of our 2018 Prom.


We are thrilled to re-live the power and emotion of Sir Simon Rattle conducting NYO in Mahler’s epic Symphony of a Thousand on BBC Four on Sunday 9 August. First broadcast in 2002, this epic performance features no fewer than five choirs from around the world including the Toronto Children’s Chorus and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. 


On Tuesday 11 August, listeners can tune into BBC Radio 3 to hear NYO's forces in Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony, music by Nico Muhly and Varèse, and Anna Meredith's acclaimed tour de force of clapping, stamping, singing and body percussion: HandsFree.  


NYO Performs Anna Meredeith’s HandsFree at the BBC Proms, 2012


And you wouldn't want to miss our 2018 Prom broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 8 August, in which George Benjamin conducts orchestral masterworks that include Mussorgsky's A Night on the Bare Mountain, Debussy’s La Mer and Ligeti’s Lontano.


NYO’s longstanding relationship with the BBC Proms dates back to 1955 and since then we have given an epic 51 performances, returning annually with many of the world’s greatest conductors. In 2020, the spirit of the BBC Proms continues with broadcasts celebrating the best of four decades of concerts which bring together treasures from the archive. You can find out more about the eight-week festival programme here.


Marking 50 years of NYO at the BBC Proms, conductors reflect on their experiences with NYO 


Both broadcasts will be available to re-watch for 30 days online or via the BBC Sounds app. 


Can you help us? We need music now more than ever before. The survival of our 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 period, and our teenage musicians are so excited to rise to the challenge of sharing more music with you than ever. 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

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