Wednesday 8 December 2021

Open Up & Let Loose! - National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at Barbican and Warwick Arts Centre

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Under the theme of Open Up & Let Loose! the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) is presenting two concerts in January 2022, at the Barbican and at Warwick Arts Centre. Conducted by Sian Edwards and Andrew Gourlay, the concerts will feature Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand's City Scenes (Three Urban Dances), Dani Howard's Coalescence (commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to open their 2019/20 season), Thomas Adès' Dawn (Chacony For Orchestra At Any Distance) (premiered at the 2020 BBC Proms by the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle), and American composer Gabriela Lena Frank's Three Latin American Dances alongside Ravel's La Valse and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.

The teenage musicians of NYO come from all over the UK, and from very different backgrounds, 55% of the orchestra is made up of musicians in state schools and 48% of leadership positions across the orchestra are occupied by female and non-binary musicians. And the orchestra is trying to open up the concert experience in other ways too, with free tickets for under-19s.

Further details from Barbican and Warwick Arts Centre website.

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