What do you get when you cross no holds barred teenage energy and musical brilliance with some seriously sensational music? A totally dazzling concert performed by the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers, that’s what. Throw in a bit of magic in the form of legendary conductor and composer George Benjamin and pianist extraordinaire Tamara Stefanovich and you’re looking at a spectacularly good night out.
Following 10 days learning and rehearsing at the University of Birmingham, we'll be taking our performance to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall (4 August), Symphony Hall, Birmingham (3 August) and Snape Maltings Concert Hall (2 August). Our performance the BBC Proms will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and televised on BBC Four (12 August).
Beginning the evening at altitude, we join a terrifying, hedonistic dance party of witches in Mussorgsky’s A Night on the Bare Mountain (one of the BBC's Ten Pieces). Taking the scenic route, we'll perform the eerily mysterious, cinematic soundscape of Ligeti’s modern classic Lontano (so chillingly spooky that Stanley Kubrick used it in the soundtrack of The Shining), the jazzy exuberance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and George Benjamin’s vibrant, attention-grabbing Dance Figures. Your adventure ends down at sea level with the waves crashing against the shore in Debussy’s La Mer (The Sea).
Mussorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov) A Night on the Bare Mountain
George Benjamin Dance Figures
Ravel Piano Concerto For the Left Hand
Debussy La Mer
For further information and to book tickets, click here. If you’re aged 25 or under, tickets are just £5 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, in association with Classic FM.
We’re also excited to be hosting free NYO Teen Hangouts before our performances at the BBC Proms and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Presented by NYO Young Promoters, these events are exclusively for teenagers and are an opportunity to discover the stories behind the music and meet NYO musicians over snacks. To book your free place click here.