Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent Box Office 01782 206 000
£18-£34 / £5 under 25s
Saffron Hall, Saffron WaldenBox Office 0845 548 7650
£10-£45 / £5 under 18s
BBC Proms, Royal Albert HallBox Office 020 7070 4441
Konzerthaus, BerlinBox Office: 030 20 30 9 2101
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Lera Auerbach Icarus
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Mark Wigglesworth conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin
NYO Teen Hangout
Discover the stories behind the music at this free pre-concert event for teenagers. Hosted by NYO Young Promoters. Starts one hour before the concert at Saffron Hall only. Booking not required.
NYO Come and Play
Develop your orchestral skills alongside NYO musicians in this fun pre-concert activity. For ages 13-19 playing at grades 4-8 and above. Saffron Hall only. This event is free but registration is essential.
NYO performance at the BBC Proms on Saturday 27 July, 7.30pm will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
It will also be broadcast on BBC Four television the following day, Sunday 28 July.
NYO performance at the Konzerthaus Berlin, as part of Young Euro Classic, on Thursday 1 August, 8.00pm, will be broadcast by national German radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur. It will also be streamed live on arteconcert.com.
Love, desire, ambition, optimism, rebellion, angst and tragedy – the desperate frustrations, euphoric joys and limitless dreams of youth are all here in this concert brought to you by the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers.
Romeo and Juliet is a story of love and two young people who dared to dream that things could be different. Prokofiev’s ballet score is packed with more great tunes than a Spotify playlist, allowing our extraordinary musicians to display their awesome might in the grand Montagues and Capulets theme and their thoughtful sensitivity in the delicate dances and lyrical laments.
Unashamedly dramatic and filled with extravagant gestures, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is the kind of music you put on repeat when you want to rage at the world or mend a broken heart. The soloist is Nicola Benedetti who effortlessly combines the breath-taking playing of a genuine superstar with being a down-to-Earth role-model for a generation of ambitious teenage violinists.
And finally, a cautionary tale for teenage boundary-pushers everywhere. Lera Auerbach’s eerie tone poem is fifteen minutes of almost unbearable, watch-through-your-fingers tension as Icarus soars towards the sun and his inevitable death. But our determined and ambitious teenagers allow us to experience these stories and come through the other side, changed and uplifted by the experience we’ve shared together through music.
Totally teenage orchestral brilliance. Come and hear it.