164 teenage musicians, 6000 people, and the unquantifiable feeling of being transfixed by live orchestral music. That’s the NYO Prom for you. We concluded our Summer Concert Tour at the Royal Albert Hall for our annual performance at the BBC Proms, receiveing a host of glowing reviews - two shining 5 stars from The Telegraph and The Times (!). You can read all the praise here.
‘the 160-plus forces achieved a depth and richness of sound that belied their youth.’ (4 stars, Guardian)
‘Everything added up to make this one of the NYO's best evenings.’ (5 stars, Telegraph)
With conductor Edward Gardner, we launched everyone into dizzying stratospheric heights with music that illuminated the universe. Fortunately, this was all captured on our first BBC Prom live stream, which you can still catch on iPlayer. Or if you prefer just lending your ear, have a listen to our BBC Radio 3 broadcast. Just make sure to join us on our space travel by 4 September.
Our frist stop was Gravitational Waves by Iris ter Schiphorst, which made its own significant electrifying waves across the Royal Albert Hall. Praised as ‘a dazzling showpiece for virtuoso youth’ (5 stars, The Times), it is an imaginative work that incorporates a number of elements – masks, choreographed movement, the original detected ‘chirp’ of gravitational waves, recorded voice, and spoken word. Our musicians ‘so tautly performed [it] that it got the evening off to a start full of youthful energy’ (5 stars,Telegraph).
After this explosive opening, we moved on to the spine-tingling tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss.
'Conducting with a suspenseful baton, Gardner got his young players to deliver the musical sunrise thrillingly’ (5 stars, Telegraph)
‘Out of Strauss’s initial epic monumentality came grace and verve’ (4 stars, Guardian)
‘the opening arpeggio of surely the most famous 21 bars of space-associated music (the beginning of Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra) was an electrifying moment.’ (musicOMH)
‘All sections of the orchestra drove this performance along with great attack and complete absence of anything routine.’ (5 stars, The Telegraph)
'The very distinct character of each planetary humour reached two dancing zeniths in an incomparably brilliant ‘Jupiter’ and the terrifying romp of ‘Uranus’.’ (The Arts Desk)