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NYO's open up: Running riot in reviews

Over 160 NYO musicians took to the Royal Festival Hall stage on Saturday in a performance that disrupted the boundaries between musical cultures, genres and conventions, expressing what they cared about.

 

NYO news

NYO's open up: Running riot in reviews


Over 160 NYO musicians took to the Royal Festival Hall stage on Saturday in a performance that disrupted the boundaries between musical cultures, genres and conventions, expressing what they cared about.

 

Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto brought his infectious energy to the orchestra leading the musicians through an exhiliarating and exciting programme.

 

From the moment the musicians made their way to the stage performing Gabriela Ortiz’s Frontispiece which led into the composers work Teenek, the audience were captivated.

 

Joined on stage by exuberant virtuoso tabla player, Sandeep Das, for Dinuk Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto, the bond between Sandeep and the teenage musicians soon became clear. From Tudor England to the Indian subcontinent, Baroque to electronica, the concerto took us on a journey of different musical styles from across the world and different musical time periods.

 

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with its urgent drama and radical rhythms showcased the spirit and drive of the young musicians, who received a standing ovation from the enthralled audience. The evening ended with a fun and energetic encore, which once again had the audience on their feet.

 

The reviews are in, here’s what the critics say about our performances…

 

'The NYO sounded wonderful, with a gorgeous sheen on the strings and beautifully poised woodwind and brass solos.'

★★★★ The Guardian

 

Not everyone plays this music with such comfortable panache as the National Youth Orchestra…. The playing had incisive bite… the kinetic energy never lagged..’

★★★★ The Telegraph

 

The Rite of Spring was delivered with punch, precision and some really characterful wind solos.

★★★★ The Times

 

Our performance at the Royal Festival Hall will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 26 May at 7.30pm and will be available for 30 days on BBC Sounds.

 

Photography by © Mark Allen

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