Her Royal Highness, who took on the Patronage of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2013, hosted musicians of the orchestra who performed a recital for distinguished guests, including The American Ambassador, at Clarence House on Tuesday 22 January.
During the evening, the musicians were encouraged not only to perform but also to address the audience on their journey to NYO. The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain plays an important role in national life and these extraordinarily committed young people are role models to their peers. Over 700 young musicians a year apply all over the UK. 164 of the most committed and most passionate musicians gain a place.
Among the musicians was Kynan Walker aged 16 from Birmingham who was appointed NYO Leader this year. He is the first NYO Leader whose journey to NYO began through NYO’s access programme NYO Inspire. 53 of the 164 musicians gaining a place in the orchestra in 2019 have taken part in NYO Inspire activity.
Kynan was joined by Betania Johnny (violin), Elena Accogli (viola) and Danilo Dela Cruz (cello) in a performance of the ‘Notturno’ from Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D. The short recital for Her Royal Highness and assembled guests also included a performance from NYO Principal Percussionist Simone Herbert-Moores who performed Jesse Monkman’s Parody for solo marimba.
Chief Executive & Artistic Directer, Sarah Alexander OBE urged guests to ensure that one of their new year’s resolutions was to attend a National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain concert. She simply said “you won’t regret it!”