Members of the National Youth Orchestra sat with their instruments

The hugely talented National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain comes to Nottingham in January – and teens go free!

NYO: Odyssey
Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
Friday 6 January 2023

From Falmouth to Swansea to Aberdeen, via Ipswich, Manchester and Liverpool, 156 young musicians from different backgrounds across the UK have reached an exceptionally advanced level of musicianship and enthusiasm to engage with NYO’s mission. They show what is possible in music when young people have the opportunity to take their talents as far as they can go. You can find out more about our musicians at

The orchestra celebrates the incredible diversity of the UK, representing every UK region. 50% of the orchestra are from state-education and a further 16% are members of the Department for Educations Music and Dance scheme, attending specialist music schools. Female and non-binary musicians take 61% of leadership positions across the orchestra, and 29% musicians are Black, Asian or ethnically diverse. The orchestra welcome three musicians at just 13 years old – playing the viola, cello and double bass, alongside three musicians who first played in NYO at thirteen years old and have regained their seats for the fifth time taking on significant role modelling responsibilities. The orchestra are delighted that 42% of the musicians have progressed from NYO Inspire.

During and since the pandemic, young people’s creativity, and resilience in the face of global change has been well-documented. Whether inventing new ways to make music together on Zoom or creating TikTok videos, young people’s need to express themselves is stronger than ever before. The organisation was astounded to receive incredible applications from 621 musicians, showing the determination that teenagers had to take their music as far as it could go despite the tremendous isolation and obstacles of the pandemic – in which many schools completely closed down live music for the last two years. From this inspiring cohort of applicants, 156 young people have been selected to play their part in The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2023.

On Friday 6 January they will visit the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham are part of the 2023 Orchestra’s first a mini tour of the UK.

All tickets for teens (13-19 years old) are free.

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Join the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers for an odyssey fuelled by fire-cracking musicianship – travel together through time and space, experiencing music’s power to draw our deepest yearnings for belonging and understanding to the surface.

Britten Four Sea Interludes
Anna Clyne Rift
Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra

Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
Friday 6 January 2023 at 7.30pm
£11 – £29 plus discounts for Groups, Go Card* holders, and Teachers
All 13-19 year olds free (ticket required) Box Office 0115 989 5555

Posted on 22 December 2022

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