As the world's greatest orchestra of teenagers, our superpower is bringing young musicians together to share their love of music with each other, and with audiences around the world. To protect our musicians' health, the health of their families, and our responsibility to wider society, we have made the sad decision that we cannot bring the orchestra together in April. Our scheduled performances at the Southbank Centre and the associated rehearsal residency in April will therefore no longer take place. All NYO activity in April, including NYO Play the School, has been paused.
We are hugely disappointed, and we know many of you reading this will be too. But while we won't be meeting together in the same physical place, we are still NYO, and everyone in the NYO community has a part to play. At times like these, we all need music more than ever, so we will be getting creative and connecting to share inspiration and uplift our spirits through digital means. We encourage everybody to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram where we will update you with our plans very soon.
These are uncertain times for all of us, and COVID-19 will inevitably pose challenges for us. We will continue to fundraise for the future of NYO in earnest. If you would like to help us with a donation, we are enormously grateful for your support.
Every day brings a change to our expectations of the NYO year. Today we are working towards a scenario where our summer concerts and activities will go ahead as planned. In the meantime, we stand in solidarity with those around the world responding to this crisis. We are thankful to everybody for their commitment to the NYO community, and our hearts are with everybody affected.