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nyo summer tour in reviews

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From urban landscapes to the vastness of space, NYO’s 2017 summer concert tour was a truly special adventure which explored music by pioneering composers. 164 of us came together for 9 days of rehearsals at the University of Birmingham, immersing ourselves entirely in the music. We worked together in our sections with our talented team of NYO Tutors, explored the complex rhythms of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring  through body percussion workshops, connected with Stravinsky's inspirations by discovering folk music with Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron from the National Youth Folk Ensemble, watched Pina Bausch's extraordinary choreography of The Rite of Spring and met Stravinsky specialist and Director of Music at Southbank Centre, Gillian Moore.


Over three days, our tour took us to three of the UK’s most iconic concert halls: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Each concert opened with the exciting new piece Mural by young Spanish painter and composer, Francisco Coll. Discover more about Francisco’s influences in our Q&A with him.


We also had the exciting opportunity to perform Thomas Adès’ Polaris, with the composer himself conducting, and our performance reached a sensational finale with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.


“The National Youth Orchestra is a super-sized ensemble, made up of super-talented teenagers, hungry for musical challenges…”
“And, boy, did NYO play well: virtuosic, concentrated and seriously impressive”

★★★★ The Times


 “….a controlled performance of vivid extremes…hugely impressive…”
★★★★ The Guardian


“no one puts on a show quite like the National Youth Orchestra, whose annual Proms visit is a reliably heady mixture of talent, joy and all-out energy”.
 ★★★★ The Independent


“As the annals of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain proudly show, there are no limits to what its members can achieve.”
“The ensemble shone in a challenging programme”

★★★★ Financial Times


“[NYO is] in marauding form, providing dazzling flashes of colour along the way..." 

"Tonight proved that [NYO] is in excellent health and will no doubt continue to play a starring role in the Proms in future years.”

★★★★ Classical Diary

“…NYO pulled it off triumphantly”
“… Adès and the NYO manipulated the turn-on-a-dime gearshifts with breathtaking precision”

Classical Source


“…remarkable virtuosity in a challenging programme”
“New music played with the freshness of youth is very special; as is the ability to give a Rite of such preternatural maturity. Bravo”

Seen & Heard International


Listen or watch our BBC Proms performance on BBC iPlayer until 5 September 2017.


NYO continues taking its totally teenage orchestral brilliance to concert hall across the UK in January 2018, joined by Sir Mark Elder in concerts at  Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham and London's Barbican. BOOK TICKETS


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