The NYO Odyssey tour is over and the reviews are in! NYO marked an astonishing start to the year with a celebration of orchestral music in London, Nottingham, Coventry, Liverpool and online, with a live-stream from the Barbican Centre!
Britten’s thought-provoking Four Sea Interludes, the Anna Clyne’s ballet score RIFT and the tremendous Also sprach Zarathustra by Strauss, performed by 156-piece NYO with conductor Alexandre Bloch, caused ripples of excitement through the audience and beyond.
NYO prepared a few surprises for the audience – from NYO Associates performing their own composition on stage to NYO making the audience move to the rhythms of waltz with a luscious Blue Danube by Johannes Strauss as an encore.
NYO Inspire activities were held alongside the concerts, creating break-through experiences for young musicians from local communities. After the tour culminated in Liverpool, NYO musicians headed to secondary schools in Oldham to lead two days of musical activities and spread the spirits of NYO with Play the School programme, which is back in action for the first time since lockdown.
Photography © Mark Allan.