Last month, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) became the first organisation to be awarded the coveted Queen’s Medal for Music in a presentation at London’s Barbican Hall. The annual award that recognises an individual or group that has had a major impact on the UK’s musical life was presented to members of the NYO by Her Majesty The Queen during the London Symphony Orchestra’s Queen’s Medal for Music Gala Concert at the Barbican in the City of London. This year’s Queen’s Medal for Music celebrates the NYO’s longstanding commitment to nurturing the talent and potential of Britain’s teenage musicians. Since 1948 the NYO has brought together passionate young musicians from all walks of life to be inspired by each other and inspire others in turn. NYO performances reinvigorate orchestral repertoire with youthful energy and resonance, and are widely celebrated as thrilling musical events.
The NYO members who received the award from Her Majesty The Queen
In receiving this award, the NYO joins an exclusive list of truly world-class musical talent, including bass-baritone opera and concert singer, Bryn Terfel (2007), conductor, Sir Colin Davis (2009) and soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby (2010).
Dame Liz Forgan, Chair, National Youth Orchestra said: “For the last 64 years, the NYO has offered a national platform for Britain’s brightest and best teenage musicians to come together to create performances that astound and inspire musicians and audiences alike. These performances are a testament to the talent and potential of Britain’s school aged young people when their musical education stretches and inspires them. A belief in the extraordinary things that young people can achieve is at the heart of everything we do.”
Sir Simon Rattle, Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and former NYO member said: “As a NYO graduate, I am delighted to see the orchestra recognised with The Queen’s Medal for Music. The NYO provides a vital platform to develop and harness the young musical talent alive here in the UK and is responsible for nurturing some of Britain’s most talented musical exports. On a personal level, I’ll never forget my time with the orchestra and genuinely believe it to be one of Britain’s greatest musical assets.”
Receiving the The Queen’s Medal for Music kick starts what will be an exciting 2013 season for the NYO under its new Chair, Dame Liz Forgan.
The 165 newly appointed members, (the whole orchestra, all still at school, re-auditions each year,) will participate in a series of concerts at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen in July 2013. The 2013 season also sees the NYO welcome Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels as its new charity partner.