‘NYO is a community of teenage musicians all committed to creativity and performing music. I'm excited to be part of this special orchestra!’ - Ilai, violin
Meet our 164 brilliant teenage musicians that hail from all corners of the UK. You can discover their unique stories on our webpage - find out what orchestral piece they’re dying to play, or why they think all teenagers should listen to classical music.
These committed and creative musicians are ready to take on a very thrilling new year that includes three residencies with inspirational music directors, eight major concerts, live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and reaching young audiences through our partnership with Classic FM. They’re first looking forward to our Winter Concert Tour with conductor John Wilson, performing Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in Nottingham, Birmingham, and London at the Royal Festival Hall as Southbank Centre’s Associate Orchestra.
We’re extremely excited that 2017’s orchestra is more diverse than ever with 21.9% non-white British musicians - 7.3% above the national population average and up 4.9% from last year. Also, 28 of the NYO Musicians have come through NYO Inspire, our programme aimed to increase diversity in classical music and provides breakthrough musical experiences for committed musicians from state schools. Over the past decade we’re proud to say we’ve moved from 35% to 51% state school musicians.
And now, we leave you with the words of our very excited NYO Musicians. They told us bursting with enthusiasm what they’re looking forward to and what it means to them to be part of the national team:
‘I've listened to NYO for years, and it's now going to be awesome to play as part of such a great orchestra. I'm also very excited to meet lots of new people from all over the country!’
‘I'm so excited to be part of a team who share my passion and enthusiasm for music.’
‘I can't wait to be playing together, and to feel the music surging through me, and knowing that every other musician in the orchestra is experiencing the exact same feeling, unified by the music.’
‘NYO has an amazing agenda, sky-high standards and will be loads of fun!’
‘NYO means I can be free with my ideas, try them all out, and get honest critique
on what worked and what didn't.’
‘It means the world to me! I am really looking forward to playing some demanding works
with other like-minded musicians.’
If you’d like to learn more about the Orchestra, here’s our official press release.