NYO'S HOPE EXCHANGE

 

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! 

 

Download the programme for our Hope Exchange concert tour here

 

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 a '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 light on extraordinary environments in which music-making is an act of hope for young people around the world. You can read more about our most recent activity in our most recent newsletter.

 

NYO SUMMER CONCERT TOUR

Wed 28 July, 7.00pm
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden

 

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Jonathon Heyward Conductor
Jess Gillam Soloist

Laura Jurd CHANT (new work)
Janáček The Fiddler's Child
Britten arr. Colin Matthews Temporal Variations
Jessie Montgomery Records from a Vanishing City
Dvořák Symphony No. 8

 

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An explosive return to live music-making for NYO with conductor Jonathon Heyward, and soloist Jess Gillam. Music is the lifeblood of hope, building bridges between generations and traditions. CHANT, a new commission from Laura Jurd makes hope a communal reality. Janáček's The Fiddler's Child is inspired by a folk tale in which a boy is lured from life by music. Britten's Temporal Variations is taken on by saxophonist Jess Gillam. Jessie Montgomery’s Records from a Vanishing City celebrates the musical eclecticism of Manhattan's Lower East Side. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 is one of the composer's most joyful, hope-filled engagements with the folk tradition he loved.  

Sat 31 July, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

 

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Lee Reynolds Conductor
Annemarie Federle Soloist

Jessie Montgomery Soul Force (UK Premiere)
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
Ruth Gipps Horn Concerto
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)

 

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NYO makes an explosive return to live music-making to explore music as the lifeblood of hope and an irrepressible medium of dissent. Featuring conductor Lee Reynolds and soloist Annemarie Federle, NYO's irrepressibly-joyful teenage musicians present Shostakovich's 1945 Symphony No. 9, a testament to one man's refusal to let lies infect his music, Jessie Montgomery's one-movement Soul Force, which draws on big-band jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B and Martin Luther King Jr. to articulate the journey of an oppressed voice, Ruth Gipps' thrilling Horn Concerto, and Stravinsky's Firebird – an exquisite exploration of hopefulness as an enduring motif of art.  

Fri 6 August, 7.30pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham

 

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Jonathon Heyward Conductor
Nicola Benedetti Soloist

Laura Jurd CHANT (new work)
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
Jessie Montgomery Banner
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"

 

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NYO makes an explosive return to live music-making. Featuring conductor Jonathon Heyward and renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti. Where music is the lifeblood of hope and a place where ideals and reality wrestle and are reconciled. CHANT is an exuberant new commission from Laura Jurd that makes hope a communal reality. In Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 a sweet folk-like lyricism confronts an anxious sense of the real. Jessie Montgomery's Banner embraces the contradictory sentiments evoked by the US National Anthem and finds shared hopes of freedom. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 is charged with progressive motion and emotion, an expansive vision of human dignity and hope. 

Sat 7 August, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms

 

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Jonathon Heyward Conductor
Nicola Benedetti Soloist

Laura Jurd CHANT (new work)
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
Jessie Montgomery Banner
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"

 

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 £9.50 to £52

NYO's performance at the BBC Proms on Saturday 7 August, 7.30pm will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. It will also be broadcast on BBC Four television the following day, Sunday 8 August at 7.00pm.

NYO makes an explosive return to live music-making. Featuring conductor Jonathon Heyward and renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti. Where music is the lifeblood of hope and a place where ideals and reality wrestle and are reconciled. CHANT is an exuberant new commission from Laura Jurd that makes hope a communal reality. In Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 a sweet folk-like lyricism confronts an anxious sense of the real. Jessie Montgomery's Banner embraces the contradictory sentiments evoked by the US National Anthem and finds shared hopes of freedom. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 is charged with progressive motion and emotion, an expansive vision of human dignity and hope. 

Sun 8 August, 7.00pm
Leeds Town Hall, Leeds

 

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Holly Mathieson Conductor
Francesca Dego Soloist

Laura Jurd CHANT (new work)
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
Anna Clyne Sound and Fury
Schumann Symphony No. 4

 

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NYO makes an explosive return to live music-making with conductor Holly Mathieson and virtuoso violinist Francesca Dego. Music is the lifeblood of hope and a place where our darkest fears may be confronted and overcome. CHANT is an exuberant new commission from Laura Jurd that makes hope a communal reality. In Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, a sweet folk-like lyricism confronts an anxious sense of the real. Anna Clyne's Sound and Fury is a riveting evocation of a world drained of hope. Schumann's Symphony No. 4 is a musical vision of sublime light and fearful dark, where hope struggles with horrid foreboding.  

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