This July, 75 teenage musicians from across the country will come together to form the NYO Inspire Orchestra in what will be a ten-day celebration of exceptional orchestral music-making on a national level.
Beginning with six days of rehearsals focussed on peer learning at the University of Wolverhampton, the musicians – who represent every region in the UK – will then embark on a four-day concert tour of the West Midlands, bringing the excitement of orchestral music to hundreds of their peers in schools, a youth centre and arts centre, many of whom will experience live orchestral music for the first time.
Now in its third year, NYO Inspire Orchestra continues NYO’s bold mission to give breakthrough experiences of orchestral music to teenagers everywhere.
During four-day concert tour, the NYO Inspire Orchestra, conducted by Lee Reynolds, will bring to life Bernstein’s symphonic suite On the Waterfront, performing at Heartlands Academy, Queensbridge School, Shire Oak Academy, Selly Park Girls School, The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton and mac birmingham (the Midlands Arts Centre).
The orchestra will collaborate with teenage actor Brandon from the National Youth Theatre who will perform a new story written by Michael Wickerek inspired by On the Waterfront.
The performance at the mac on Friday 14 July is free and open to the public. Find out more here.
Take a look at what the NYO Inspire Orchestra got up to last year, with a theatrical performance of Nina Rota’s circus-themed La Strada – the score from the Italian film by Federico Fellini:
If you are aged 13-19 and playing at Grade 6 or above, you can get involved with NYO Inspire by signing up for one of our forthcoming NYO Inspire Days. NYO Inspire Days are free, immersive days of orchestral workshops and rehearsals centred on peer learning, where young musicians get the chance to work closely with NYO Musicians, Tutors and Conductors. Forthcoming dates are 23 July at the University of Birmingham, and 24 September at Roundhay School, Leeds. For further information, including how to apply, visit nyo.org.uk/inspireday.