NYO Musicians got the royal treatment today. They met Her Majesty the Queen this morning and shared the power of peer inspiration to her as she attended an NYO Inspire session at Lister Community School in East London – all part of an incredible day to showcase the work of charities funded by our supporter The Queen’s Trust.
The highlight of the day for us was when NYO Musicians led a rehearsal with young instrumentalists from the Lister School Orchestra for The Queen and then gave a joint performance with Lister musicians on a specially-arranged excerpt of Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra in front of the entire 1350-strong school audience. As well as observing the NYO Inspire showcase, The Queen also had the chance to meet representatives of other charities supported by The Queen’s Trust at Lister such as Teach First, IntoUniversity, Frontline and Carers Trust.
Our musicians were beyond excited to be back at Lister shortly after our recent Play the School event in January, where they had worked closely with Lister musicians and culminated the day with a big school-wide concert sharing. It was also the first time we collaborated with a team of Lister students – our NYO Young Promoters - who masterminded the day and promoted our visit to their fellow classmates.
NYO Inspire is our nationwide programme in which players from the orchestra share skills and inspiration with committed young musicians who lack opportunities to advance their playing, and bring workshops and performances direct to teenage audiences in schools. In its first year, 2015, NYO Inspire enabled our teenage musicians to deliver workshops and schools concert sharings, communicating their passion for orchestral music to 4000 of their peers in secondary schools, and helping the progression of 1500 young musicians. On average, each NYO Musician will be involved in NYO Inspire as peer leaders for 5- 10 days a year; meaning that NYO Musicians share their skills and enthusiasm with other young musicians for a combined total of 1078 days a year, more than any other UK orchestra!
Sarah Alexander, our Chief Executive and Artist Director, had much to say about The Queen’s visit:
“It is immensely thrilling to be part of this special event celebrating The Queen’s Trust and we’re proud that The Queen will have the opportunity to see the work of our outstanding young musicians as they inspire other teenagers in orchestral music. We are grateful to be supported by The Queen’s Trust, and the impact of their support over the past year has been incredible.”
We are so grateful for the active and dedicated support of The Queen's Trust, which aims to make transformational grants to youth charities, enabling them to grow and develop and help more young people succeed. Its emphasis is on education and personal development in and out of school, in low-income communities in the UK. Founded at the time of The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, the fund's purpose has been to ‘help young people help others’, which fits directly with our bold mission for NYO Inspire!