The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain is joining forces with award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti, who today announces she will become an NYO Ambassador; together supporting young people’s music education across the UK. The partnership kicks off later this month when Benedetti joins NYO’s 164 teenage musicians on their summer rehearsal residency. She will be performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto as part of NYO’s sold out summer concert tour, touring Stoke-on-Trent, Saffron Walden, and culminating in a highlight of NYO’s year, the BBC Proms 2019.
Nicola Benedetti commented: ‘I am thrilled to join forces with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. The future of classical music in the UK rests on us all, collectively – to inspire a new generation of instrumentalists, educationalists and advocates. I am delighted to play a part in supporting these 164 musicians, and will take a keen interest in also supporting the huge network of teenagers they inspire with their playing. Let’s get started.’
Sarah Alexander, NYO’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director said: ‘We are so excited to be working with Nicola, an incredibly passionate and brilliant musician who devotes her time not only to performance, but also to sharing her love for music and expertise with young musicians coming up behind her. It’s this ethos that’s at the heart of NYO: every single one of our brilliant teenagers understands the power of sharing orchestral music with other teenagers. Through NYO Inspire they share their skills with other young people from all backgrounds, in areas of the UK where orchestral music opportunities in schools are dwindling, and with those who have the least access to musical opportunity.’
In turn, NYO musicians past and present will also support the launch of The Benedetti Foundation, Nicola Benedetti’s charitable foundation supporting young people, music teachers, and the wider music education system, launching later this year. The Young Ambassadors scheme will support professional development of NYO musicians and alums, and students in their final and post-graduate years at music conservatoires across the UK.
Nicola Benedetti joins a host of prominent figures across the music industry and beyond who continue to lend their support to NYO: current NYO Ambassadors include trumpeter and NYO alumna Alison Balsom, award-winning British garden designer and presenter Chris Beardshaw, Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy at the Bank of England and NYO alumnus Benjamin Broadbent, presenter and broadcaster Katie Derham, opera singer Danielle de Niese, conductor and NYO alumnus Sir Mark Elder and conductor John Wilson.
As an NYO Ambassador Nicola Benedetti is pleased to join NYO’s vision by not only working together with NYO and her foundation but also by promoting and advocating NYO’s values of inclusion, teenage empowerment and the undisputed benefits of orchestral music for young musicians. She will use her social media presence to promote NYO and its activity. In addition, she recognises that without the support of many donors and music lovers NYO would simply not exist and is looking forward to engaging with NYO’s community of supporters across the year.
Photograph by © Andy Gotts.