We're extremely excited to announce that we are now part of Southbank Centre’s brilliant family of Resident and Associate Artists from 2016/17. We launched this partnership at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 8 April 2016, the first concert of our Blaze of Youth Spring Tour. Along with the announcement, our concert was live-streamed on Southbank Centre’s YouTube channel and you can watch the full concert below.
This new partnership consolidates a relationship that sees us perform annually at Southbank Centre and in which we have become an increasingly important part of Southbank Centre's programme, from premieres of new works such as Unsuk Chin’s critically acclaimed Mannequin (2015), to major festivals such as The Rest is Noise and Varese 360. With our new status as a Southbank Centre Associate Orchestra, we are ready to further affirm our vital role in national cultural life.
With our shared ambition to engage teenagers in classical music, we will collaborate on a number of exciting initiatives, building on the innovative work of recent years such as Southbank Centre’s festivals for young people Strive and Imagine. The live-stream – the first in our history – is just one such new initiative, which aims to enable a bigger audience than ever to experience our orchestral brilliance. Alongside this, we will create special events and projects, and develop side-by-side opportunities for NYO Musicians with Southbank Centre’s visiting international orchestras, including a joint performance with musicians from the Budapest Festival Orchestra in May 2017 of Mendelssohn’s Octet, which he composed at just 16 years old.
And we leave you with the words of two critical people that have built up this partnership.
Our Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sarah Alexander:
‘We are thrilled to be working closer than ever with Southbank Centre to build on our shared desire for teenage musicians and audiences of all backgrounds to flourish through exciting encounters with orchestral music. We celebrate Southbank Centre’s passionate belief that the arts have the power to transform lives and that they must be available to all of us, and are so looking forward to growing our fruitful partnership.’
Gillian Moore MBE, Director of Music, at the Southbank Centre:
‘We are so delighted to welcome the National Youth Orchestra to Southbank Centre’s family. Not only does this new partnership celebrate and consolidate a very special relationship developed over recent years but builds upon our joint commitment to nurturing the next generation of classical-music audiences and performers. With its extraordinary virtuosity, dynamism, spirit of adventure and passion for championing new repertoire, NYO is truly a world-leading orchestra and perfectly complements Southbank Centre's award-winning education programme. We look forward to the many exciting projects ahead of us!’