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NYO returns to the bbc proms 2021

We're delighted to celebrate the return to live music as part of the BBC Proms this summer!


This summer, NYO musicians are investigating the subject of hope in music, a theme that matters to the young people in our musical community. Through these programmes, we reflect on how making music is an act of hope, how music can tell the story of hope, how it can reflect the emotional effect of a lack of hope, and how it can inspire hope in listeners. Every live performance this summer will be an exchange: a Hope Exchange between young people, the music they love and their audiences. Our performance at the BBC Proms is one of five live concerts across the UK in July and August. It will be conducted by the internationally renowned conductor Jonathon Heyward and performed by NYO and the brilliant violinist Nicola Benedetti on Saturday 7 August, at 7.30pm.


The concert will open with American composer Jessie Montgomery's symphonic piece Banner, a UK Premiere, originally written as a tribute for the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, the American national anthem.


NYO’s teenage musicians will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and will be joined by violinist Nicola Benedetti for Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2.


The concert will also feature a new work, especially commissioned for NYO, by British composer, jazz trumpeter and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Laura Jurd.


Jessie Montgomery Banner (UK premiere)
Laura Jurd New work (London premiere)
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica'


National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Jonathon Heyward
Nicola Benedetti violin


NYO's performance at the BBC Proms will be broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 3.

Further information is available here.


This concert is part of The Hope Exchange, NYO's summer-long exploration of hope through music. You can find out more about the projects here. Full concert details will be announced in due course.


Photography by © Chris Christodoulou.

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