The Rite of Spring has a special place in the history of NYO. Performed just three times since the orchestra’s inception in 1948, it had two performances in the 1970s which were recorded for posterity.
Under Boulez in 1970, players recalled an inspirational, life-changing, if nerve-wracking experience in a recent article for theartsdesk.com, and that after the recording sessions at Fairfield Halls, he paid for every member of the orchestra to receive a copy.
“So there we are in Croydon, a bunch of late Sixties Brit teenagers happening upon a genius in the guise of a conductor who also happened to be one of the most important composers of the century. This was some opportunity. For the week or so that we were with him … he was our catalyst, and I am sure that in the process he changed many of our lives.”
- Marshall Marcus (violin 1966-72).
What followed in 1977 were further performances under Boulez, and a remarkable recording with the 22-year-old Simon Rattle, who, like Adès, was an NYO percussionist.
Conductor and NYO alum Thomas Adès pictured with NYO's percussion section in 2014.
We can't wait to bring our totally teenage orchestral brilliance to this sensational piece of music this summer, with concerts at Snape Maltings (3 Aug), Symphony Hall, Birmingham (4 Aug) and the BBC Proms (5 Aug). Tickets are just £5 for under 25s in Birmingham, in association with Classic FM . BOOK TICKETS
We're also excited to that NYO's Young Promoters will be hosting FREE pre-concert Totally Teenage Receptions before our concerts in Birmingham and London. Discover the stories behind the music , and meet NYO Musicians. BOOK TICKETS