The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain's 164 teenagers express their hopes, fears, and big dreams for the world around them as they come together on the concert platform.
In this varied and passionate programme, NYO uses music to share their concerns for the fate of the natural world. In Gabriella Smith's Field Guide, the musicians transform to become a carpet of insects filling the concert hall, before voicing their fears for our environmental future through Adam Schoenberg's vibrant percussion concerto, Losing Earth.
The concert concludes with a journey up a mountain in musical form, Richard Strauss's Alpine Symphony, a love letter to the natural world as it was in 1915. But NYO's teenagers, just over 100 years later, live in a starkly different world, where climate change threatens life as we know it: how do we hear this music in 2021, performed by the young people who carry the burden of our environmental future on their shoulders?
Free pre-concert Teen Hangout
6pm, Barbican Fountain Room
Discover the stories behind the music and meet NYO musicians at this free and friendly pre-concert event for teenagers, hosted by NYO Young Promoters. Free entry, no booking required.
£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone.
No fee when tickets are booked in person.
Booking fees are per transaction and not per ticket. If your booking contains several events the highest booking fee will apply. Booking fees do not currently apply to bookings for exhibitions in the Art Gallery. The booking fee may be reduced on certain events.
The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.