Towards the end of last year, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain recruited 77 new young musicians to join them for 2014. Just a couple of months later these new recruits, who make up just under half of the 165 person orchestra, were performing with their more experienced peers at London’s Barbican Hall - home of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Their performance, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, received fantastic reviews in the national press. Many critics reported that the performance would have exceeded the audience’s expectations of any professional orchestra.
Hannah Nepil, at the Financial Times, wrote that their performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 showed ‘precision, adrenaline-fueled drive, and, most intoxicating of all, an unrestrained joy in the act of making music.’
Graham Rickson from artsdesk described it as ‘An engaging premiere and life-enhancing Mahler from young musicians on stunning form.’
As well as living their dreams of performing in some of Britain’s best music venues to thousands of people, the members of the National Youth Orchestra are also sharing their love and passion for music with other young people who are just discovering the joy of making music. In January they visited Highbury Grove School in Islington where they mentored beginner music students.
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