Monday 8 April 2024

Catalyst: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, National Youth Brass Band & Jessica Cottis in Gavin Higgin's Concerto Grosso for Brass Band & Orchestra & much more

National Youth Brass Band
National Youth Brass Band

Gavin Higgin's Concerto Grosso for Brass Band and Orchestra was premiered at the BBC Proms in 2022 by The Tredegar Band, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Ryan Bancroft. The work was co-commissioned by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and the orchestra is joining forces with the National Youth Brass Band under conductor Jessica Cottis to give two performances of Higgins' work in Liverpool (12 April 2024) and London (14 April 2024). The programme will be completed by Prokofiev's wartime Symphony No. 5 but there is a lot more to events than that.

On Thursday 11 April, musicians from NYOGB under Agata Zając will perform music by Simon Steen-Anderson and Carlos Simon, plus a movement of Dani Howard's Trombone Concerto and Julius Eastmn's Stay On It.  Then Jessica Cottis conducts the NYOGB and National Youth Brass Band in Higgins and Prokofiev at the Philharmonic Hall on the evening of Friday 12 April and on Saturday 13 April, the National Youth Brass Band gets its own spot in a programme that includes Karl Jenkins' first work for brass band.

In London at the Southbank Centre on 14 April, Cottis and the young musicians will be repeating their Higgins and Prokofiev programme, and before hand the the Clore Ballroom will pulsate with the vibrant energy of Julius Eastman’s creative provocation, Stay on it!

In Liverpool, London and Saffron Walden, the young musicians will be running open events to share extraordinary music across the city, lead workshops and inspire others to play their part and get excited about music. 

Full details from the NYOGB's website.

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