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National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain

Classical Music
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Sir Mark Elder  conductor
Daisy Evans director
Robert Hayward  Bluebeard
Rinat Shaham*  Judith

Actors from the National Youth Theatre
Chris Riddell projections

Liadov  The Enchanted Lake
Dukas  The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Bartók  Bluebeard’s Castle

Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin musical journey into the mystical, the magical and the weird. Prepare to be mesmerised by tales of enchanted lakes and bewitched brooms. But every good folk tale has a dark side. Are you brave enough to enter the twisted world of Duke Bluebeard?

The stories are told by the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers (celebrating 70 years of musical magic this season) and conductor Sir Mark Elder.

We begin in the beguiling world of Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake, where strings and harp glimmer like moonlight on the water and delicate woodwinds create ripples across its surface. But soon the spell is broken and we find ourselves in a magical workshop where Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has brought a broom to life. Watching it pirouette around the room to its famous toe-tapping theme, he soon realises that you shouldn’t mess with magic.

Finally, proving that once upon a time doesn’t always end happily ever after, we reach Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. This spooky tale will be brought to life with lighting, acting and staging imagined by Daisy Evans, and tells the story of a an impulsive young bride has turned her back on her family, only to uncover the gruesome truth about her new husband. With sinister strings, shrill winds and majestic brass, this one-act opera is a masterpiece of orchestral storytelling and a spectacular showcase for these versatile young musicians.

Totally teenage orchestral magic. Hear it if you dare.

*replaces Claudia Mahnke who is indisposed.

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Free Totally Teenage Pre-Concert Reception, 6pm
Discover the stories behind the music at this free and friendly pre-concert event for teenagers. Hosted by NYO’s Young Promoters, the reception 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.
For teenagers only. Sign up early to guarantee your place.

Illustrations by Chris Riddell

£5 Tickets for Under 26s & School Groups
If you’re under 26 then you can get your ticket for this concert for just £5 with our FREE Go Card. Sign up online

If you want to bring a school group, tickets are just £5 for all teachers and under 25s.* Just call the group sales direct line on 0115 721 0622 to reserve your tickets.

Please note: If you are booking a Season Ticket or Multibuy Package, then you can add this concert to your purchase and receive the same discount as for your other concerts.