Friday 30 November 2018

NYO 2019

The National Youth Orchestra at the Proms with George Benjamin
The National Youth Orchestra at the Proms with George Benjamin
The 2019 intake of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain will be gathering in December 2018 to rehearse with Kirill Karabits, chief conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, preparing a programme which includes John Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony, Sibelius's Symphony No. 2 and a new arrangement of Rick Dior’s Science Fiction

Dior's piece was originally written for percussion and electronics and designed to be performed alongside a film montage of science-fiction film clips. For NYO the work has been specially re-orchestrated and will be performed alongside a film projection featuring sci-fi movie scenes. 

Karabitts and the orchestra will be touring the programme to Warwick Arts Centre (4 January), London’s Barbican (5 January) and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall (7 January). 

The orchestra's 2019 programme also includes taking part in the world premiere of a new “National Anthem” written by British Indian musician Nitin Sawhney, and a programme of Gerswhin, Copland and Mexican composers with the Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. The orchestra is also planning its first American tour which will include a performance at Carnegie Hall, with conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada in a programme of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto performed by Nicola Benedetti and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

The 2019 orchestra will consist of 164 young players, and 53 of these have taken part in the NYO Inspire programme, including NYO 2019 Leader Kynan Walker, aged 16 from Birmingham. NYO Inspire, which provides targeted pathways for musicians from state school and BAME backgrounds, in 2019 will see NYO musicians will volunteer over 1,000 hours of their time, engaging with 1,000 teenage musicians.
"Before taking part in NYO Inspire I had no intention of pursuing a music career, nor did I ever think I’d achieve a place in NYO. The incredible tutoring I received through the programme and the musicians I met opened my eyes and inspired me to work harder and aim higher. I am thrilled to achieve the role of NYO Leader in 2019 and it would not have been possible without the countless opportunities NYO Inspire has given me." - Kynan Walker, Leader of NYO 2019 

NYO 2019 comprises 52% from the state sector, an increase on 2018, and 17% from specialist music schools – of which 99% are on government bursaries. 19% of musicians identify as non-white which is ahead of the 14.1% national average. 

Full details from the NYO website.

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