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NYO: sharing musical joy in lockdown

Join us online, on your doorstep, on your radio from 16th-18th April as we share music together and celebrate community.


This year, NYO musicians are raising their voices behind causes that matter: in January, they came together to 'Rise up!', and the power and potential of teenagers expressing themselves through music shone through on the concert platform.


And while the concert halls and schools are closed, NYO's musicians are still on a mission, ready to share music and inspire others through performance. We simply need to find a different way of sharing it with you over the coming weeks. 


During lockdown, NYO's musicians are harnessing that same energy and enthusiasm, and using it to share positivity and joy with the world, through music, at a time when people need it the most.


From 13th April, every musician in NYO will be taking part in a 'digital residency' where they will be meeting together, in whole orchestral webinars and in smaller creative groups, to work towards a joyful musical activity starting on 16th April, inspired by the themes of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.


During this time, NYO will be sharing musical joy directly into your homes in the following ways:


•   On 16th April at 7.30pm, tune in to BBC Radio 3 to hear an archive recording of NYO performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the BBC Proms, as a musical statement of togetherness, friendship, community and joy.


•   On 17th April at 5pm, every musician in the UK is invited to join in a truly national live performance from their doorsteps, on their balconies, or out their windows, playing as a socially distanced orchestra. Led by the 164 NYO musicians, we invite everyone to share a heartfelt performance of the 'Ode to Joy', dedicated to people who need it the most: our frontline NHS staff, key workers, isolated family members, or friends struggling with loneliness.


•   On 18th April, in partnership with the Southbank Centre, NYO musicians are sharing video performances of the music that brings them the most joy, and connects with the most people, in response to a call out from conductor Marin Alsop, as part of the Beyond Beethoven 9 digital activity. These will be shared online by NYO and by the Southbank Centre.


Of course, as we can't be with you in person, we will be working especially hard to ensure it's possible to watch our performances and hear from our musicians. We will be sharing regular updates via email and on our social media channels so we can continue to be an uplifting musical community at this time.


The survival of this musical community is particularly important at this time. NYO is a charity that means a lot to thousands of people across the UK, united by a love of music. We know music is more vital than ever before as we navigate this lockdown period, and our teenage musicians are so excited to rise to the challenge of sharing more music with you than ever before. If you feel able to support NYO financially to ensure we are able to continue sharing music more widely, and prepare for a joyful return to schools and concert halls around the country, we would be extremely grateful. Please donate to NYO here

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