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Reviews - Blaze of Youth Spring Tour


We just finished our Blaze of Youth Spring Tour, performing in three stunning halls across the UK – Royal Festival Hall in London, Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, and The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. It was a scintillating adventure, exploring and performing Stravinsky’s Firebird and Michael Daugherty’s Fire and Blood with conductor Kristjan Järvi and violinist Chad Hoopes. 

We’re still buzzing from the glowing reviews of our opening concert in London – a night in which we also celebrated being Southbank Centre’s newest Associate Orchestra. You can read the complete reviews here


You can also re-live the whole experience by watching our Royal Festival Hall concert or listening to it on BBC iPlayer.


‘these teenage musicians play with impressive discipline, and they also play with palpable energy — so much energy — enthusiasm and optimism. They are a joy to see and hear.’  The Times, 4 stars


‘As well as the NYO’s technically impeccable musicianship in these virtuosic scores, the outstanding commitment demonstrated by all orchestral departments proved exhilarating.’  The Guardian, 5 stars


‘Without a doubt the culminating performance of Stravinsky's complete Firebird ballet was the most physically exciting I've ever heard.’  The Arts Desk, 5 stars


‘a lovely transparency to the impressionistic scoring which required stunning control from the performers, and a brilliance which turned on a pin as the atmosphere changed’  Planet Hugill, Robert Hugill, 5 stars


‘The closing peroration [of The Firebird] was not just a massive outpouring but a climax of luminosity and emotional release.’  Classical Source


‘We should no longer marvel at the achievements of young people playing like adults. Instead, we should judge an NYO concert on the same level as a professional orchestra…. With the NYO we are treated to the purest form of music-making.’  Thoroughly Good, Jon Jacob

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