We invite you to join us for an explosive and triumphant return to live music-making across the UK, as we celebrate being back together in live performance for the first time since Autumn 2020 - we hope!


NYO is committed to enabling young people to find their voice in and through orchestral music come what may. We kicked off creative planning for the summer by inviting young musicians from the orchestra to tell us how they see the world they live in and what role they want their music-making to have in the world. We came away with a powerful sense that NYO's theme for 2021 has to be 'hope'. Hope gives us our image of what lies on the other side of our difficulties, hope helps us to keep going through uncertainty. While hope has enabled many young musicians to keep on practising through lockdown, it has been the joy and intimacy of listening to and creating music that has sustained that hope. Wordlessly expressive, innocently persuasive, music is the lifeblood of hope, and an irrepressible medium of dissent.


This is being expressed through our concept of 'NYO's Hope Exchange'. The give-and-take of hope guides every detail of our summer of relationship-building and performance-sharing.


Every musician is returning to the concert platform this summer.  Working in smaller, more flexible ensembles to allow for social distancing, five concerts are planned across the country, performing four distinct incredible musical programmes. Each programme explores ways in which music embodies hope for a better world. Every live performance this summer will be a three-way exchange of hope, between NYO musicians', composers inspired by hope, and our audiences whose act of listening makes our hopes a lived reality.


NYO's Hope Exchange starts in hundreds of schools across the country: our community of musicians are taking musical optimism into their local primary schools, giving individual concerts exchanging musical hope with young audiences. Performances in secondary schools will be accompanied by musical and creative projects for students, further exploring the theme of hope through words and music.  A series of webinars hosted by our musicians with international youth organisations will shed a light on extraordinary environments in which music making is an act hope for young people around the world.


We look forward - hopefully - to announcing performances in collaboration with venues across the UK over the coming weeks, to letting you know how to get tickets as soon as they are on sale and to seeing you there!


We will update this page with details of concerts as they are confirmed by venues.


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