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National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Winter Concert


With bold and brilliant playing, the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers takes on the anxiety-inducing barrage of modern life through music that gives voice to our fears and helps us find hope.

And sometimes nothing works better than laughter to show us the absurdity of our fears. Rick Dior’s Science Fiction collects together a Pandora’s Box of classic sci-fi movie scenes, deposits them safely within the confines of the video screen and ties them up in weird and witty score of percussive beats and bendy electronics. 

Then on to a musical portrait of an iconic moment in history. John Adams' Dr Atomic Symphony pounds our ears with frantic music that captures the high drama and conflicting emotions of the days leading up to the first atomic bomb test. 

And finally, something to restore inner peace. Sibelius described his Second Symphony as a ‘confession of the soul’, and while the music hints at dark thoughts, it’s stirring finale will wrap you in uplifting tunes, leaving you with hope and optimism. And we all need some of that.

Please note that this performance features a film projection which contains scenes of moderate horror and violence which may not be suitable for younger children (locally classified as PG).

Teen Hangout

6pm, Fountain Room
Discover the stories behind the music at this free and friendly pre-concert event for teenagers. Hosted by NYO’s Young Promoters, the event includes a lively and interactive presentation and is a fantastic opportunity for teens, students, and young musicians alike to find out more about the music in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s evening concert, and meet NYO Musicians.
Call the box office on 020 7638 8891 to reserve your free place

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