In preparation for our first concert tour of 2019, we delved into our hopes and fears and explored music inspired by human anxieties in a changing modern world. We faced the absurdity of our fears in Rick Dior’s Science Fiction which saw our 11 percussionists take centre-stage; we painted an iconic moment in history with John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, and we restored peace and tranquillity in Sibelius’s beautiful Symphony No. 2.
Immersing ourselves entirely in the music over 7 days of rehearsals in residence at the University of Warwick, we worked together in our sections with our expert team of tutors, and alongside Chief Conductor of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits, we toured our performance to three major UK concert halls: Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry, Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham and the Barbican in London. What did the critics have to say?
“For a decibel-busting, foundation-shaking musical experience, there is nothing to beat a concert by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.”
★★★★ Financial Times
“…the enthusiasm and electricity generated among its players, as well as the audience, would set this concert apart… You can’t beat Karabits’s band for excitement, passion or rude force. They are, after all, the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers”
★★★★ The Times
“A grown-up display of serious potential… something undeniably brilliant happens whenever the world's best orchestra of teenage musicians gets together”
★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
“Sibelius’s Symphony No 2 found Kirill Karabits pushing his 164 players as hard as any of his professional orchestras, drawing out string playing of depth and warmth and some beautiful woodwind work”
★★★★ The Guardian
“Trust the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain to throw down a musical gauntlet to its professional peers like a New Year Resolution writ large. In this intriguingly programmed and invigoratingly performed concert, with Kirill Karabits, the 164 players gave the best possible musical start to 2019: a blast of orchestral excellence” Classical Source
You can catch the broadcast of our performance on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 14 January, 7.30pm or for 30 days here.
We continue taking our totally teenage orchestral brilliance around the country in April 2019 with our Voice of the Americas tour. You can catch it in London, Liverpool or Birmingham and tickets are on-sale now!