One of the highlights of my year was spending a summer afternoon and evening with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, working on Mahler’s ninth symphony. Alert, hungry, funny, courteous and tolerant of my bad jokes, these young musicians – few of whom may become adult professionals – represented everything one could wish for in citizens of the next generation.
They went on to give performances of the ninth symphony in London and Berlin at a standard that was above and beyond what we are led to believe of the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler’s day.
I’d love you to meet these 163 young musicians, aged 11 to 19. Click on their profiles here.
And check out their next concerts:
Saturday, 2 January – Leeds Town Hall
Sunday, 3 January – Barbican, London
Monday, 4 January – BBC Radio 3 broadcast