National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

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Sat 5 Jan 2019 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Barbican Hall, London

RICK DIOR Science Fiction
JOHN ADAMS Doctor Atomic Symphony
SIBELIUS Symphony No 2

Kirill Karabits conductor
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Tickets: £27 £22 £16 £10 (£5 under-25s)

£3 online booking fee, £4 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees

Not part of the LSO 2018/19 season multibuy

On sale dates:
Online: Friday 2 February 2018 10am
By Phone: Wednesday 21 February 2018 10am
In Person: Wednesday 21 February 2018 10am


Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Stop the world I want to get off! Modern life assaults our senses with an anxiety-inducing barrage of colour and noise, information and distraction. But with brave, bold and brilliant playing the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers is ready to take it on through music that gives voice to our fears, helps us find hope and brings us together in joyful celebration.

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 that will make you wonder what it was you were so afraid of after all.

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 experienced by the 'fathers of the atomic bomb' in the days leading up to the first 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.

Totally teenage orchestral brilliance. Come and hear it.

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).

Pre-concert event

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