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Bound by their love for orchestral music, 164 of the UK’s most brilliant teenage musicians from all backgrounds across the UK come together this summer to push themselves to their limits, and perform with energy and enthusiasm like no other orchestra. Expect a thrilling journey through dramatic, powerful and bold music which highlights the youthful aspirations to reach for the unreachable, conducted by the internationally renowned conductor Mark Wigglesworth and performed by NYO and the brilliant violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Following 10 days of intensive learning and rehearsing at Uppingham School, NYO musicians will be taking their performance to the Victoria Hall in Hanley (25 July), Saffron Hall (26 July), the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall (27 July), and Young Euro Classic Festival at the Konzerthaus Berlin (1 August).

NYO’s performance at the BBC Proms will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and filmed for broadcast on BBC Four.


The concert will open with Russian-born American composer Lera Auerbach’s symphonic poem Icarus, a 12-minute piece based on her Chimera Symphony, which is inspired by the myth that highlights the tragic fate of the son of Daedalus.
NYO’s teenage musicians will perform a bespoke suite from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet and will be joined by violinist Nicola Benedetti for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

Lera Auerbach Icarus (London premiere)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major
Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

Further information on our tour is available here.
If you’re aged 25 or under, tickets are just £5 in association with Classic FM.

We’re also excited to be hosting a free NYO Teen Hangout before our performance at the BBC Proms. Hosted by NYO Young Promoters, these events are exclusively for teenagers and are an opportunity to discover the stories behind the music and meet NYO musicians over snacks. We’ll be posting details online soon.


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