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introducing nyo 2019
announcing the 164 teenage musicians & our plans for the year


The warmth, inclusiveness and unity of purpose that NYO musicians all share amongst each other is the best thing about being a part of it. Everyone wants to give their absolute best.' - Faye, 16, Violin, NYO

We've announced the 164 teenage musicians who will join together to create NYO's spectacular sound in 2019, along with our plans for the year. Find out who they are, what inspires them and why they think all teenagers should care about orchestral music on our Meet the Orchestra webpage.


Representing every region in the country, musicians have been selected following 76 days of auditions held in 11 cities across the country where 710 musicians took part in free auditions. Together they will tour major UK concert halls, volunteer 1,000 combined hours to NYO Inspire, and give a debut performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall as part of plans for the orchestra’s first ever tour to the USA.


Reflecting the success of NYO Inspire, we're proud that 53 of the 164 musicians gaining a place in NYO 2019 have taken part in NYO Inspire activity, the highest figure since the founding of the programme in 2015. Included in this is the NYO 2019 Leader Kynan Walker, aged 16 from Birmingham, who first took part in NYO Inspire in 2016:


“Before taking part in NYO Inspire I had no intention of pursuing a music career, nor did I ever think I’d achieve a place in NYO. The incredible tutoring I received through the programme and the musicians I met opened my eyes and inspired me to work harder and aim higher. I am thrilled to achieve the role of NYO Leader in 2019 and it would not have been possible without the countless opportunities NYO Inspire has given me.” 

Kynan Walker, Leader of NYO 2019 


NYO Inspire will continue to give breakthrough orchestral experiences to over 1,000 teenagers in 2019. If you're a teenage musician playing at Grade 6 or above, find out how you could take part in NYO Inspire projects.


NYO 2019 will meet for the first time this December, rehearsing in residence at the University of Warwick with conductor Kirill Karabits – Chief Conductor of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Together they will explore music inspired by human anxieties in a changing modern world, including John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 and a new arrangement of Rick Dior’s Science Fiction which has been specially re-orchestrated for NYO and will be performed alongside a film projection featuring sci-fi movie scenes. Presented by NYO musicians, it tours Warwick Arts Centre (4 January), London’s Barbican (5 January) and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall (7 January). 


NYO returns to the Barbican in February to take part in the world premiere performance of a new “National Anthem” written by British Indian musician Nitin Sawhney. The piece reflects the highs and lows of Brexit and reflects on modern day characteristics of Great Britain: multi-culturalism, diversity and openness. 


Celebrating the power of music to build bridges, NYO is joined by Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto in April to explore music by American and Latin American composers. Pianist Xiayin Wang will perform Gershwin’s Piano Concerto, and the concert also includes Copland’s Symphony No. 3 and music by Mexican composers Ruvueltas and Chavez. It tours Southbank Centre (12 April), Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (13 April) and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall (14 April).


NYO’s plans to achieve its first ever USA tour were announced earlier this year alongside a major fundraising campaign chaired by David Warburton MP. Centred around an invitation to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall, plans for the tour also include a performance at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, cultural exchange with fellow teenagers from NYO USA and side-by-side projects. The programme will include Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto performed by Nicola Benedetti and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The performance also tours in the UK to Stoke on Trent Festival (25 July) and Saffron Hall (26 July).


Continuing NYO’s commitment to building teenage audiences and with thanks to support from Classic FM, tickets remain £5 for under 25s. NYO Teen Hangouts which are free for young concertgoers will provide a space for young people to relax before all NYO concerts. In its 2019 season NYO also launches a series of free pre-concert NYO Come and Play workshops where teenage musicians of all abilities can expand their concert-going experience even further by playing side-by-side with NYO musicians. Click here to find out more about NYO's ticket offers and pre-concert events for young people in 2019.


NYO also continues its broadcast relationship with BBC Radio 3, who will transmit performances across the season.You can find out more about NYO in 2019 in our official press release.  


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