Following ten days of intensive learning and rehearsing, 164 of the UK’s most brilliant teenage musicians from all backgrounds across the UK, came together this summer alongside with conductor Mark Wigglesworth to celebrate their love for orchestral music and express their youthful aspirations to reach for the unreachable.
Through the eerie tone poem of Lera Auerbach’s Icarus, the vigorously dramatic Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – brilliantly performed by soloist Nicola Benedetti and the romantic and passionate melodies of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, NYO’s fiercely passionate young musicians took their performance to three UK concert halls: Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, Saffron Hall in Saffron Walden and the BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall in London.
The reviews are in, here’s what the critics say…
‘…there were parts of Prokofiev’s ballet music for Romeo and Juliet – given in Wigglesworth’s own selection – that I haven’t heard played better.’
★★★★★ The Guardian
‘Proud and lean, the NYO soared in the heat.’
★★★★★ The Times
‘There may be more surprising Proms to come, but there won't be a more thrilling one.’
★★★★★ The arts desk
‘Yet unlike the winged boy in the ancient Greek myth who dared to fly too close to the sun, the teenagers of the NYO defy most laws of nature with their soaring brilliance.’
★★★★ The Telegraph
‘The playing of the NYO was quite extraordinary in its precision of ensemble and attack, the virtuosity of each section and each individual soloist, and the enormous range of tone colours produced.’
‘…the playing was tremendous, both corporately and in lonelier, more exposed passages.’
Photograph by © Chris Christodoulou / BBC.