164 of the UK’s most brilliant teenage musicians from all backgrounds across the UK came together this spring under the baton of Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto to extend the hand of friendship across the Mexican-US border. Following seven days of intensive learning and rehearsing, NYO’s musicians pursued their love for orchestral music and celebrated its power to build bridges.
Under the thrilling tunes of Silvestre Ruvueltas’s Sensemayá, the romantic and joyous Chavez’s Sinfonía India, the jazzy vibes of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto – brilliantly performed by virtuoso soloist Xiayin Wang and finally Aaron Copland’s Symphony No 3, NYO’s fiercely passionate young musicians took their performance to three major UK concert halls: the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the Symphony Hall at Birmingham.
The reviews are in, here’s what the critics say…
‘With more than 160 musicians on the platform, the sheer volume of sound was at times almost overwhelming, but Prieto’s noble interpretation and the commitment and enthusiasm of the players, who clearly love working with him, resulted in a performance of such blazing conviction that it was impossible not to be moved by it’.
★★★★ The Guardian
‘And NYO has become an orchestra on a mission. It always has been a showcase for the UK’s top young instrumentalists and, bar one or two untidy corners, the playing here was electrifying. Yet there was a new emphasis on the ensemble’s social impact. The performers introduced each piece, advocating for a melting-pot of cultures.’
★★★★ The Times
‘…not only is it wonderful to report how fantastic these players are, but how refreshing they present such good combinations of repertoire’.
You can catch the broadcast of NYO’s performance at the Southbank Centre on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 24 April, 7.30pm which will be available for 30 days via the BBC Sounds app here.